In South Africa, an inexpensive ring lock folder is sold everywhere. It's a good design, but it's constructed from sub-standard materials, is poorly made, and is horribly overpriced. And yet, millions of these knives are sold there each year. Cold Steel desigined their Kudu with quality of materials and cutting performance in mind. The Cold Steel Kudu, takes some cues from its South African competition. The Kudu has a Krupp 4116 Stainless steel flat ground blade, heat treated to Rc 56-57 for better edge holding ability and ease of re-sharpening, and a thin razor sharp edge. For safety, Cold Steel has thoroughly tested the locking mechanism and are well satisfied it will hold the blade rigidly open until you decide to close it by pulling up on the ring attached to the back spring. The handle of the Kudu also reflects Cold Steels dedication to making an effective and affordable folder. It's made of 43% glass reinforced Zytel. This material has proven to be extremely strong, and is stiff enough to compliment the blade and spring when locked open. Plus, the gripping surface has a wood grain texture for traction and features an attractive polished steel Kudu horn emblem for a little extra flair! It's ready for anything and makes a wonderful work knife, utility knife, bait knife, or hunting knife.