The Lite-Machete is a well designed tool that is capable of handling the toughest of tasks. The well made blade is produced in El Salvador by Imacasa/Condor & the handle is made by ESEE Knives (RAT Cutlery)/Rowen Mfg. The handle is designed to provide a secure grip when swinging. The blade is convex ground & black coated. The natural Micarta handle slabs are removable.