This rather nasty-appearing device is actually quite useful, well-made, and sports a distinguished pedigree of service with our armed forces (60+ yrs). Featuring a specially annealed high carbon steel blade, the Pal is extremely strong and works great for chopping up kindling for the fire. The chisel-sharp sickle hook works great for sweeping an unimproved campsite free of ground-level sprouts and saplings to make for a more comfortable tent site. Unusual in form, the Pal fits your hand nicely and is so well balanced, it truly feels like an extension of your arm. Black oxide coating prevents rust and corrosion, and a “safety toe” one inch from the end of the axe side of the tool reduces deflective injuries. Cordura belt sheath included. Total length of 17". 1 lb. 14 oz.