Love the workmanship on this, and it looks great. Just like in the picture. Blade is different than what I am used to, inclined at a 45 degree + angle, vertically, as opposed to the typical blade, which is more horizontal. Not sure why they did this, but suspect that it will cut into the lifespan, as it will create more stress on the metal. Whatever - for now it is shredding the ice in my smoothies to itty bitty pieces. Worth the extra $20 you'll spend on this relative to the cheapest option.