It's a great way to experience the goodness of a hawkbill blade for a bargain. The blade steel is good, easy to sharpen and holds the edge for a decent amount of use. It won't be up to the VG-10 or S30V standard, but it's not meant to be. It will take a wickedly sharp edge.
According to the 2010 catalog, the stainless version only comes in PE or PS (or Combo) edge while the G-10 version is PE or SE edge.
Forgot to add, sharpening a hawkbill blade requires the Sharpmaker or something similar.
I liked my G-10 Crossbill well enough to buy a replacement between when I lost it and when it turned up again. It did get more or less retired when the H-1 Spyderhawk came out, but it is an excellent hawkbill for the price, and a great way to experience the cutting power of a fully serrated hawkbill.
The thing is overbuilt, in a good way. Because it's so inexpensive, you can use as a beater with no remorse. It holds up to abuse very well.
I slammed the tip at 50% power into the hard plastic of a computer tower repeatedly and the tip did not break. It was only after I slammed it into the wire mesh on the back of the tower that the very very end of the tip broke off. Not bad for Chinese steel.
i ordered a stainless steel handle one not too long ago, its pretty strong/solid. very well built. the blade itself has a wicked shape. i have a stainless steel handle harpy that i love, so i went for the stainless steel handles with the crossbill.