This tool is a very well thought out and executed piece of field equipment designed for entry and close combat situations. It's unique point configuration allows the tip to withstand strong sideways pressure. At 1/4" thick, it carries a lot of force for deep slashing cuts and powerful strikes and stabs. It has jimping in several places to give a solid purchase in a variety of tactical holds. All of these features make it ultra dependable and a real winner when you need to get in and back out again. And SERE instructors should know.