This knife represents what I enjoy doing most. The drop point is time proven for hunting, camp use and generaly utility. The blade is ATS34 stainless which is an excellent steel at a reasonable cost. There are undoubtably superior steels but this one probably represents the best balance of cost and performance. The blade is 5/32" thick - strong enough to take some abuse but with the tapered tang, still yeilds a light, quick, well balanced knife. The scales are stabilized curly Koa. The scan doesn't do it justice. In the sunlight, the curl is 3D and almost dances. I'll admit I get really excited over pieces of wood like this.