These are custom knives. All of the blades are forged, ground, hardened and tempered. Guards are usually bronze. The handles are elk antler or exotic woods. For about the price of a custom knife, I can teach you to make your own knife. Take the knife making class and you will end up with three times the value of a custom knife: three days of fun making the knife, the knowledge of how to make a knife, and a knife you can show and use with pride.