This knife is my favorite... more than ever. It has always been my favorite knife, but it was missing most of the handle, and was probably the ugliest, most uncomfortable, and most unsafe knife we had. The tang was exposed, only partially covered by jagged pieces of the original handle. I had to remind people, please do not toss out my favorite knife, because I love its size, and how well it slices. And no, I did not want a new one, thank you. Alex took matters into his own hands... and as you can see, my knife is now better than new!