Allan Foundry 'hawks are cast in America from tough cutlery grade 410 stainless steel. They are exceptionally clean castings. The styles are accurately taken from surviving museum pieces. They come with a stained hardwood handle, sharpened and ready to use. The handles may be either Hickory or Ash. Current inventory is usually Hickory The 410 will hold something of an edge for casual camp chores, yet is tough enough for throwing.