Nice to hear that a good blade is used to its fullist, so often the these pretty blades are left unused, I am guilty of this myself and plan on using this knife as my EDC for everything from pencil sharpening, lunch prep and the add hoc whittling.When I got my U2 I was surprised at its size also (despite reading its dimensions and having a good grasp on the metric system) and I'd put its blade as being about the same size as a Swiss Army knife.
The knives that have had a grinder run across the lockbar and smoothing onto the back of the blade look better finished but its got a placky frame so the plastic frame/handle would look worse if they did that.
So the transition between the back of the blade and lockbar isnt ground totally smooth.
That blade is one hell of a good slicer though, the lightweight slim plastic handle fits into my back pocket is unobtrusive.
None of that "Reassuring weight" rubbish, I really don't notice it unless I feel for it.
It's pretty much the same opened length as my Spyderco Ambitious which isn't known for its massive size.
Thing is, I've kind of reapraised what I need in a pocket knife and I'm not cutting trees down, I'm sharpening a carpenters flat pencil to a chisel point, opening the packaging on kitchen units for fitting, slicing the plastic banding on timber stacks.
All of which I can do with the Stanley knife I often carry but I also score cut plasterboard and damp proof membrane against concrete with that and it's often kind of blunt, Id have to swap the blade for a sharp one, sharpen my pencil then I'm back to plasterboard and DPM. One wasted blade each time.
Someone may well chime in telling me to use a pencil sharpener... those people haven't used a flat carpenters pencil properly.
I like small knives for my day to day use but bear in mind that when I'm at work I have a vanload of full size tools a hundred or so yards away. I've got choices.
I have already tried it on bit of very hard old pine, and no problem carving, with great control of blade due to size.
In hind sight, I should have gotten the U2, but liked sort of in between size between the Ladybug and the dragonfly, for office carry.