This knife is amazing. It has a wide opening near the blade to allow not just lines but entire risers or webbing to be cut. The handle is balanced nicely in your hand. The cutting blade is a simple straight raiser that can be replaced if ever used, just to make sure you have the sharpest blades. Hook knifes are a great idea if your towing over water, a tandem pilot or concerned about landing under a reserve in a less than opitimal environment.