Received my knife last week. I'm fairly new to Russian knives. I also have a Vepr cleaver made by Kizlyar. Service was very prompt. I absolutely love the birch handle, and while I haven't gotten to use it yet. I have been showing it off to my buddies who are equally impressed. Absolutely beautiful. Hopefully if all goes well, I'll be able to use it hunting if I can get off work to go. Very sharp and sheath is well made. I love it.