If you want a small knife for cutting string,paper,thread,small vegetables etc and can't be bothered mastering the art of knife sharpening this is the knife for you.A couple of strokes on a soft sharpening stone and the Carbon steel comes up razor sharp and stays that way for a good time (depending on use obviously). Keep in mind this is a small knife with a blade thickness of just 1mm though so you are not going to get much heavier work done with this but then you can always get a size 6-8 for camping duties (1.5mm thickness) or a size 9 and above (2mm thickness) for bushcraft. I find this size sits very comfortable on three fingers (smallish hands) with the bottom of the handle shaped perfectly to "anchor" on my pinky. It weighs next to nothing, is UK legal carry and requires minimal maintenance. Yes, there may be better and more expensive knives out there but for value you will not beat an Opinel.