Originally designed in the 1970s as a boot knife for hunting and defense, the Sting was tough from the beginning and, thanks to hot forging, it's even tougher now. The Sting begins life as an ordinary blank of 1050 carbon steel, similar to the alloy used in traditional Samurai swords, which is first hot forged and then precision ground into final shape. After heat treating and normalizing to improve the grain structure, the Sting is then heat treated and quenched to achieve hardness, and tempered to arrive at an optimum hardness with excellent strength. While they are very tough, low alloy steels do not have the rust resistance imparted by the chromium and nickel in stainless steels, so CRKT applies a black non-reflective powder coat finish to impede corrosion. The 3-1/8" spear point blade features two Razor-sharp cutting edges and the integral handle is contoured to fit the bare or gloved hand nicely with thumb detents for grip. Comes complete with a Cordura® multi carry sheath with a Zytel® insert. Weighs 3.9 oz. Measures 6-7/8" overall. Imported.