Yeah there are better, heftier, etc machetes out there, but how many are at this price point. For me it has a nice feel in the hands, good slashing profile, light weight (though you would want a heavier one for more versatility of cutting). Came sharp enough out of the box, and I can touch it up. It's a beater, so you don't expect to keep the edge anyway. If you want sturdier, look for hatchet/axe or a beefier machete, but expect to pay more for that. Coating is a plus. I don't expect it to rust where its covered. Comes with a decent sheath, but should have included a lanyard with it. I'm tempted to get another. Hacking bush or zombies, I'm set with this one.