Honestly, it cuts much more quickly than i'd expected. great quality for the money.
after i took it out of the box i introduced it straight to a nasty strip of mdf. it gave an extremely fine, splinter-free cut. and of course, it performed even better crosscutting a piece of pinewood (havent tried it on hardwood though, but i presume it'd cut hardwood like butter too).
the saw is light but still has enough weight to help you keep the cut perpendicular to the piece (or more precisely, to the ground).
it not that easy to start the cut with this saw. when i pulled it to score a line on the workpiece, the triple-ground teeth unsettled the saw quite a bit. so be sure to mark and score your cut with a knife, not with just a pencil.this is a problem with most other modern factory-made triple-ground-toothed handsaws too, so no matter what you buy you're not gonna get away with it.
The only letdown is the logo being "printed" onto the saw, not etched into it, so the logo sits a little proud of the surface of the side of the saw. Clearly,this causes some extra friction and unsettles the saw a little bit (but really, by just a hair) when the logo goes past the surface of the cut.
finally, keep in mind that this saw isnt suited for rip cutting. i tried it, and it did cut, but not nearly as quickly as any dovetail saw or ripsaw.
in conclusion, you cant really go wrong with this saw (or any other saws from the same manufacturer). it's exactly what a beginning woodworker or diyer needs. I would have given it a 5 if it wasnt for the "printed" logo.