I forged this blade out of logging cable / wire rope; most likely it is improved plow steel 1085. The brass guard is made from the buss bar out of a big 440 elec. box. The pummel is a piece of brass I cut off an old king pin from an antique car. The handle is made out of leather scraps I had laying around and the black plastic spacers are cut out of a car’s wheel house mud shield. I am old school and don’t like spending money for stuff that I can find cheap or free to make knives.