With the Cold Steel Leatherneck-Tanto Fixed Blade Knife the word 'Leatherneck' has become synonymous with the famous U.S. Marines since 1776 when Congress compelled all Marines to wear a thick, high leather collar. The collar helped protect one's neck from sword and cutlass blows and forces a Marine to keep his head up straight, exhibiting the military posture that was fashionable at the time. Today, our Cold Steel Leatherneck-Tanto Knives enjoy the love, respect, and admiration of every true American and it is to them we dedicate this series of battle ready knives. The Cold Steel Leatherneck-Tanto Fixed Blade Tactical Knife is made from German 4116 Stainless steel and finished with a rich Tuff-Ex & trage; non reflective coating. To keep the fingers from sliding forward onto their keen edge, the Cold Steel Leatherneck-Tanto Fixed Blade Tactical Knives are made of thick steel with double quillons that are turned slightly forward and provide excellent protection for your hand. The handles are made of deeply checkered Kray-Ex that encloses the extra wide full tang. They're capped with a thick, machined steel butt cap so they can also deliver frightful blows with the butt or double in an emergency as a hammer. In addition, the Cold Steel Leatherneck-Tanto Tactical Knives come with a sturdy Secure-Ex sheath complete with fully detachable and ambidextrous belt loop.