I've heard it said a persons first knife looks like crap but my Wife thought it was a pretty cool birthday present yesterday. Sharp enough to slice a tomato thin enough for your mother in-laws sandwich. ;} If I had more time and sandpaper I may of got a mirror finish. I noticed that the brief contact with the tomato stained the blade. I think I will give it a bit more polish and maybe try a hot vinegar bath. I did a cold gun blue finish on another hc steel knife awhile back with pretty good results but would like to try the hot vinegar bath. I know I should of removed all the file marks because it will be harder to keep clean, but I just wanted it to show its history.