This Skinning knife has a 4 1/2" dyed hard wood handle and the 5 1/2" blade is 1/4" thick. It also comes with a heavy duty leather sheath.The blades of all knives I have designed are made from two types of tool steel, folded and forge welded several times, forming Damascus steel. Each blade is heat treated to HRC 58-60. The patterns in the blades make them unique as your fingerprint, not to mention their individual designs.In the Middle Ages weapons made of this material were highly sought after because of their durability and toughness in battle and as tools. These knives hold a sharpened edge much longer than stainless steel blades, and will not shatter or break or snap off like a brittle stainless steel blade. They can take a beating.They are excellent for hunters and chefs and collectors. Each is a work of art in its own right, yet quite functional in its proper usage.