I had several gift cards I was shopping with (online) and had a few extra dollars to burn. I figured I'd grab an inexpensive machete; I wasn't expecting world class gear at this price point. However, what they DON'T tell you in the description, and maybe this is standard with online knife purchases and I'm the only one that doesn't know this, but it is not sharpened. In fact, a rolled up newspaper can cut better than this out of the box! I laughed when I took the blade guard off- what's it guarding? To say it is "dull" would be a huge understatement. I don't have a grinder or anything to sharpen it with, so it's completely useless at this point.