This blade is one of my most valued possessions and it will always go everywhere with me This blade Saved my life. (Warning this story may be something you may not want to read , it involves defense against a dog (Did NOT kill the dog , the dog does not die.) Last December I had a pitbull , my mom's boyfriend at the time raised him , and raised him mean , he was very protective of my mother. We had just taken him to the vet , he was very aggressive against other people and against me if my mom was in the room. He was shook up from the visit and was acting really skiddish taking him to the car. We drove home and he acted fine , he was licking my face and everything. We get out of the car to go into the house and he started to jump on my like he wanted to play. All of the sudden he latched on to my arm and was biting down as hard as possible , it was what you would call the "Lock jaw" that pit bulls are known to do. I started punching him in the eye and nose like I've always heard to do against them if they bite. It wasn't working and at this point he was starting to shake his head and rip my arm , I knew if I didn't do anything quick I was going to be done. I then deployed my Recon 1 and stabbed him in the back (Only place I could reach) and it was enough for him to let go, I had just a split second to get out off of the porch before he was up and still coming after me. Luckily he didn't know he could get out of the porch , my mom's boyfriend had trained him to stay on the porch. If it wasn't for my Recon 1 I might be dead , or at the very least lost my arm. After all of this happened I looked around the porch and there was not a thing I could have used. Something was looking out for me that day , and I can't think Cold Steel enough for making this knife. I loved that dog , and he was a sweet little thing when my mother was never around , I don't know why he did what he did but I hate what I had to do and would take it back if I could, but what happened happened. It could have happened alot worse than it did though , if he would have attacked me in the car there would have been nothing I could do , and possibly my mom would have lost her life as well. Anyway , I just wanted to share my story , if anyone here is considering buying a Cold Steel knife DO IT , because I had to depend on my Recon 1 and it was there and performed.