The smooth flowing Damascus recurved blade has been perfectly ground to achieve the ultimate in form and function. The cocobolo scales are rich and full in contrasts of black and brown. The notched thumbrest and contoured handle afford a firm and comfortable grip. The fit and finish of blade, bolsters and scales is precise. Ambidextrous opening is silky smooth with a solid lockup. Closed, the blade seats dead center in the trough. In the hand this knife feels much lighter than its 9.5 oz weight, yet one has no doubt that he is holding a full size knife with formidable performance capabilities. An excellent knife by Jim.