I bought this mainly for use in onion chopping. It totally works for getting whatever size onion pieces you would like and there's no tears! It's also nice to keep the mess in one place. It does take a lot of strength, though, for chopping anything tougher than an apple, and even then the skin on some products causes trouble. You really have to pound on it, so watch your counters. It also isn't super durable for having to stand up to the pounding. A piece of mine broke off the other day and it still works, but not as well. Still, it's avery handy tool to have.