The steel is heat-treated 1095 high-carbon alloy steel with a Scandi grind profile, which I believe to be the best profile for butchering and wood carving. The blade is made more durable with a clear Cerakote finish. You can also drill and pierce with this knife, thanks to the false edge at the tip of the knife's spine. Dark linen Micarta handle scales give you a good grip on the knife, wet or dry. Additionally, there is a recess in the blade with a tapered notch for striking the firesteel that's included in the set. This firesteel fits snugly in the Kydex sheath, and is composed of one ferrocerium rod and two 3/16-inch magnesium rods to create an extremely hot ignition. Vulture's impressive blade is a fine example of their company philosophy, "Build It Right & Build It American." This is the best new knife I have worked with this year, and I can't wait to use it in my next survival class.