The axe head on the Condor Tool & Knife Cloudburst Axe is made from forged 1060 high carbon steel and is heat treated and annealed to about 50-55 Rockwell hardness. The natural finish is a bare metal look that has the appeal of a well worn pair of jeans. There is special treatment over the top of the blade to help repel rust. The American Hickory handle is strong and gives the axe an ancient look. The included sheath is made from high quality, heavy duty, handcrafted leather.