It's a beautiful piece. Rustic and in some areas crudely fashioned. Some edges around the bolster are sharp and some of the seams are exposed that could allow food materials and moisture to get in. It appears that there is a black plastic butt cap that might have been over polished where the scales meet the cap. The 'thumb' side of the spine [I'm right handed] where the heal meets the spine is sharp and would be difficult to work with for any lengthy prep work.
Aside from those minor imperfections, It's a beautiful piece. I love the weight and balance. As a 6" 'chef knife', it's great for meats and most root vegetables and can also be used as a woodsman knife as well thanks to it's slotted leather sheath.
After giving it a fine hand sharpening with my stones, I could almost slice a tomato paper thin. This carbon steel gets razor sharp and retains it's edge. This is NOT a toy! It's a functioning instrument and a true work of art.
I have bought several forseti knives in the past and this newest knife I just purchased the Erikson, is a piece of art. I am very pleased with the overall quality and look of the knife. It came sharp and flawless. I will definitely continue buying forseti knives in the future.