I've really not used it enough yet to comment on the steel. It's been a busy couple of weeks, with little time for knife use. Opened some boxes, shortened some hoses, prepped some food and cut a couple of water bottles in half for various uses. That's about it. As with most Spydercos, it came very sharp and is still very sharp. Squirrel season opened this week and im going fishing a couple of evenings next week so hopefully it'll get a bit more varied use soon. The only time I've opened it today was to get some jalapeños ready for tacos. The steel aside, I'm really liking the knife (and clip). Would it better minus the choil? Yes. Would I mind if both the blade and handle were just a little longer? No, but it's a nice little package. I have no regrets with the purchase and look forward to using it a lot.