The Damascus Hunting/skinning knife is handcrafted to be functional and not just for looks. This Utility Knife has several hours of work into it including forging, filing, fitting, grinding, polishing. The Micarta and custom acrylic handle give a great grip to it which feels natural when held in the hand. Little file work on the backside of the blade along with the indent helps with preventing hands to slip off the blade. The knife is weighted to have a balance point just above 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.