This particular chisel is probably the most dangerous hand tool I own. I purchased it because I needed an all-purpose framing chisel and this one was reasonably priced. I keep my all-purpose framing chisel in my apron and mostly use it for prying, scraping and gouging out misc. wood. I don't keep it particularly sharp on purpose. The problem I found with this chisel is mainly the sharpened side edge. You cannot go blindly grabbing it out of your apron. I cut my knuckle almost to the bone just getting it out of the packaging. After that, I took it out and purposely dulled the side edge of the chisel. If your working in a shop or don't have to carry it around with you it may be okay. I think this is a product that should have been left on the drawing board.