i beat the hell out of it the first and only use(i just got it) used it on pecan wood for 4th of july steak, sausage, and baked sweet potato. i saw the spring in it going into 1 piece of wood. the blade was bent in the middle but bounced right back. stayed sharp. and i love the handle and the angle. the shock system really worked. my baton hand was/is more sore than knife hand. the coating isnt as durable, but i dont care about that as much. i like the design!!Have you gone and put the Hoodlum through it's paces yet? I ask because I did a post on it and prety much got negative reviews just by the looks. Well not really negative but nobody really showed alot of interest in it. I personally love the look of it and I love the angled handle of the TOPS Knives.