Although this style of knife is sometimes called a cable knife because it can be used for peeling electrical wire, it has unique advantages for woodworking. The sturdy curved-tip blade is not only safer than a straight blade in paring jobs, but is both better and easier to use than a pencil for marking cut-lines.
It is 1/8" thick at the spine and can be struck with a hammer for splitting wedges, cutting rope, etc. The blade is stainless steel with a hardness of Rc54-56.
With hardwood handle scales that transmit heat and cold less than the usual plastic handles, it is comfortable to hold, a good working knife.