Due to the BALSA core, this blade has great touch. Speed is ideal for using LONG PIPS. Not too fast, to allow good control. The flared handle is thicker then the average blade but surprisingly comfortable. Extremely light, making twiddling easier then ever. I have tried several Dr. Neubauer blades, and eventhough the Donic Cayman is priced much lower, it has comparable quality craftsmanship.