"Bought this for daily use for cutting bricks. Felt comfortable and a usable tool. However after the 4th-5th cut I caught the guard with my hammer. Bearing in mind the guard is there to protect your hand from the offending blow. I was disapointed to find that the top layer of hardened plastic had cracked across it's full width therefore making it unsafe to use. The tool this item was replacing had been in daily service for YEARS !! As a result I cannot recommend this item to anyone. I should have purchased a Branded make in the first place...my mistake"