The blade has a thick spine, great for heavy usage. This Hunting/Camping knife is hand crafted to be functional and not just for looks. Utility Knife has over 22 hrs of work into it including forging, filing, fitting, grinding, polishing. The Walnut /Burnt bone handle sits right into the hand, gives a very smooth grip which feels natural when held in the hand. The knife is weighted to have a balance point just around the bolster , to better help in hunting Jobs. Remarkable workmanship on this knife! Damascus steel hand forged with combinations of 1095 High Carbon and 4340 High Tensile Steel forming over 450+ layers.