For fans of non-stainless, carbon steel blades, the Tatang offers more than a well made fighting knife. The blade is made from 1/4" 1085, coated black, with a fully sharpened false edge on its spearpoint blade. It is, as another reviewer stated, also a fine bushcraft knife, and a formidable chopper, comparing favorably to a Becker BK-9. The handle is quite comfortable, and the balance of the knife is superb, feeling light in the hand considering how much steel one is holding. I also agree that a Kydex (or similar) sheath would be a solid plus; the nylon sheath is well done for what it is, yet seems to be little more than someplace to store the knife, and demands that the handle clasp be secured if one is humping through the woods, or the knife could easily fall out. Sensational blade on a well made knife.