I do all my wood processing with my hatchet and some carving tasks as well. When I need to get into the dirt I use it to knock out a digging stick. With its long straight handle, the GB Outdoor Axe is really good for pounding the digging stick as well as stakes. I like to pair it with a lightweight knife that handles and carves really well to do everything else. Given that and the fact that a neck lanyard is my preferred carry method, I figured it made sense to give the Mora Eldris a try when it came up on Amazon's Deal of the Day. One thing that caught my eye is that it has an appreciable amount of belly. That and the close, controllable tip suggested it could be an exceptional carver. I thought maybe you could make a functional spoon without having to go to a hook knife. I had a limb of red oak I cut a few weeks ago to make a rabbit stick. (The rabbit stick is still a work in progress: I tore a tendon in my hand a month and a half ago and long sessions with the hatchet and throwing the stick both really aggravate it still.) Red oak isn't the easiest wood to work with... but that just makes this a better test of the Eldris's carving capabilities. I decided to make a smallish spoon with a relatively flat handle with a hook on the end I could slip under my belt. That would mean one less thing to fit into my MCC if I'm just packing that for a day hike. The Eldris does carve just fine. I find it just slightly less comfortable for long sessions than my Mora Classic #2 or 120, but it really is plenty comfortable. The handle fills up my hand nicely and lets me get a good amount of leverage and power. This is a strong little knife. And it's nice to have the tip so close to your hand. I was able to get a working spoon with the Eldris and a rock but had to get out a hook knife, a small file, and a foam sanding block to turn it into something I would be happy using long term or giving as a gift. I could have done a bit more and better with the Eldris and rock but got impatient. And I still need to make to make the walls of the bowl thinner. My twig stove works best when I feed it a steady supply of small stuff to keep the heat up and keep larger pieces burning steadily. Actual factual twigs work well for this... except when everything is sodden, a fairly common occurrence around here. So, I frequently need to process the finger-thick pieces I make with the hatchet down still further. I guess you still call it batoning at that level but often I just tap lightly with the poll of the hatchet. Whatever that's called the Eldris does it just fine. And it makes dandy feather sticks, especially using the thinner forward part of the blade. The spine is as sharp as any I've ever felt and so is good for scraping bark powder or throwing sparks off a ferro rod. The ferro rod that comes with the kit works fine but I prefer to use a bigger one and keep the kit rod as a backup. All that makes it an excellent little tool for getting a fire going. It does OK at food prep but not as well as an Opinel or Mora 511. I've been using the Lansky 2D2C four-rod turn box set with it. Takes about 30 seconds to get back to a shaving edge and obviates any difficulties that might arise from dealing with the microbevel and complex blade geometry. Real happy with that little sharpening set. It's a bit bulky for pocket carry but it's nice to have the option. If your belt is reasonably snug the retention strap stays in place underneath it and lets you convert to belt carry. So, neck, pocket, and belt... three carry options. I don't think I would say that it's better than some other lightweight, inexpensive knives I've paired with the hatchet -- the Mora Classic #2 and 511, the Opinel No. 8 -- but I also wouldn't say it's worse. Everything is a trade off and the Eldris serves very well in this niche. So... who's it for? I would say it's for someone who wants multiple carry options and no-compromise sturdiness in a lightweight carry knife. I would have no hesitation throwing the Eldris at high-impact, high-torque tasks that would give me pause with the other three I mentioned.