My daughter is quite the hunter and needs a good knife for skinning and cutting up game so I made her one out of recycled materials. The handle is elk, the guard and pummel are brass and the blade is forged out of a ball bearing. I triple quench the blade and then temper it at 450 for two 1 hour cycles. This steel is a bear to sharpen with stones so I used my 2x72 belt sander to raise a wire edge then buffed the edge on a razor sharp edge paper wheel. This knife is scary sharp.