This blade is a gem. Its a perfectly forged 3.75 inch blade of O-1 tool steel, expertly heat treated and ground to a razor sharp convex edge. Gimping on the spine helps register the fingers and provide a nice grip. They are also great for fire steel striking. The false edge helps refine the stout (.156) blade to a fine point for detail work. The brass bolsters and hardware look great against the warm Iowa walnut wood. The included pouch style leather sheath helps protect the handle while in a bag or pocket.