After using this knife in the field for almost a year, it has become a faithful friend. The beefy blade on the SOG Force is a thick AUS 8 steel, which is razor sharp right out of the box. The handle of the SOG Force is made of glass-reinforced nylon, through which the tang of the blade extends out the back into a glass-breaking point. The handle material is incredibly lightweight, making the 10.5-ounce Force easy to carry. The handle has a contoured shape that helps the knife stay in your hand; and if that wasn't enough, the handle is also covered in an aggressive checkering of small points. The only problem with this knife seems to be an identity crisis. While this thing bears the outward appearance of a survival knife, when the time comes to butcher game, it acts more like a fillet knife. And I call that a happy problem.