The Cold Steel Kudu, takes some cues from its South African competition, but their version is vastly superior. Cold Steel's has a German 4116 Stainless steel flat ground blade, heat treated to Rc 56-57 for better edge holding ability and ease of re-sharpening, and a thin razor sharp edge. For safety, Cold Steel has thoroughly tested the locking mechanism and are well satisfied it will hold the blade rigidly open until you decide to close it by pulling up on the ring attached to the back spring. The handle of the Kudu also reflects Cold Steel's dedication to making an effective and affordable folder. It's made of 43% glass reinforced Zy-Ex. This material has proven to be extremely strong, and is stiff enough to complement the blade and spring when locked open. Plus, the gripping surface has a wood grain texture for traction and features an attractive polished steel Kudu horn emblem for a little extra flair!. It's ready for anything and makes a wonderful work knife, utility knife, bait knife, or hunting knife.