Several of you have had this particular cleaver in your hands. Testing and what not. You contributed to the wear in some form or fashion. I've beat this thing. The wife used it to chop up roots from bushes that were in the ground with it a few weeks ago, hacking into the dirt and rocks. It's been left in the sink unfortunately. But it still works just fine, chugging right along. Just wanted to show you how the finish holds up over time. You can't really tell from these photos but there is a pretty deep scratch or two in the side of the blade. In the metal itself. Not sure what that was from but it's deep. Buy with confidence, your cleaver will just look better with age.