Just received my Columbia River Obake. Thought it would make a nice companion to a large blade, like the beaut brutes made by @Bear. This is a picture I found on the internet. It's not mine, but nicer than what I would take. Back to my title... Obake means shapeshifter, but is often used to mean ghost. The Obake came pretty sharp, but not hair popping, like how I like it. Anyway, the Obake bit me and drew first blood. Pardon my salute. Busy day today, but I thought I would touch up the edge. Got barged in on and talked at and I lost my concentration. It would be a very effective defense knife. Casually poked myself in a mental lapse and the tip punctured about an 1/8 of and inch with about a 1/4 inch wide cut. Got immediately barged in on and talked to again within seconds of the first person, so I decided to save the sharpening for a quieter day. A more complete review will follow after the sharpness is to my satisfaction. I try to keep the blades I use hair popping. This one shaved arm hair out of the box, but didn't make the hair jump off in fear as it passed. One other thing, the cord wrap has a strong smell to it. Maybe after washing and airing out, it will smell better. It leaves the smell on the hands too.