Most knives this shape are forged blades, because the stick tang lends itself to forging. I haven’t fired up the forge in nearly two years, but I still like to make a stick tang hunter once in a while. This blade is 3/16 1080 carbon steel at 60 RC, shaped by stock removal. The guard is brass (nice fit!) and the contoured handle is some good striped cocololo. Price on one like this starts at $200.