Pointer as is EDC and the best knife for any task, The size and the shape makes it very slick and easy to carry. The blade has a sharp point to it making even delicate task an easy job. Can be used for skinning, hunting and outdoor activity. The vivid color of handle makes it very appealing and in case its left in the camp ground its easy to spot because of the sharp handle color. Damascus steel hand forged with combinations of 1095 High Carbon and 4340 High Tensile Steel forming over 450+ layers. We oil quench and temper to a hardness of 58-60 Rockwell C. Some of the many damascus steel advantages include the following: Blade edge resistance from the harder steel, micro serrations from the alternating layers, ductility from the HT 4340 layer.