I sent the specs to my friend Wes Davis at Carolina Bowies about 8 wks ago and he sent me the knife I've been waiting for, exactly as I asked. I have been practicing a particular Kali-related form style with other knives for a long time, but about a year ago I ran into someone who was an expert in all things Bowie, and he has made a believer out of me. I have always liked them, of course, and being a Texan they are sort of talked about from the time I was a boy ..but I didn't really know all the virtues of a Bowie as a fighting knife. I have now come to the conclusion they are not just an interesting part of history, they are the best fighting knives in the world, in my opinion. Just MY opinion. Anyway, here is my new one, I should have gone with the handle he recommended, I wrap mine before working out to make it bigger. I told my wife it's so pretty that I will mainly use this one for ceremonial and holiday executions. But believe me, it's fully functional. 5160 spring steel, back clip is sharp for the back cut, and it is very "fast"...a little blade heavy for the "pop", which will split bone. I hardly ever buy myself anything (I'm playing through a Mustang ! if that tells you anything) so I'm pretty proud of my knife, which I have named "Smite" .