Not a knock on the Marko. Steel was sexy on the stones, handle and saya were on point and the finish on the knife was quite good. Knife is exactly what's advertised as, a very nice workhorse grind. I happen to have an abundance of WH knives, some cut smoother, some less so, some about the same as the Marko but I'm more attached to them for a variety of reasons. The Dalman happened to surpass my expectations as a very smooth cutter with above average release, I guess the pleasant surprise of exceeding my personal expectations made me not follow through with the original plan of selling both quickly, instead I'll play with it for a while at least.