This hatchet is the perfect hiking companion. It has a full tang 1084 carbon steel composition. It has been heat treated for chopping. It is 10" long OA with a 4" cutting face. I have tested this little guy and let me tell you, it bites into dry hardwood like butter. You could also use it for outdoor cooking or as an impressive plug knife. The scales are stabilized spalted maple burl. It comes with a kydex mask and paracord for extra security.