I bought this cleaver just because it's an old hickory and I didn't have one. Love it. I was pleased to see the metal is thicker on this than on the butcher knives. It gives me ideas about cutting one down into a Hudson bay type knife. I'll most likely order another one. Old hickory knives are great. People complaining about rust don't understand that carbon steel takes on a patina if taken care of properly and will rust if neglected. Wipe it down with some oil before storage. If it has rusted, simply clean off with steel wool or gently sand with a super fine sand paper. All will be good.