This beautiful blade is 7 inches long, making it quite longer than a lot of other blades out there. The blade is made out of 1095 Cro-Van steel which is really top notch quality and is going to last you a long time. You would have to really put this knife through some stress and wear and tear before the steel starts breaking. The handle of the KA-BAR 1217 USMC knife is made out of genuine leather and is really comfortable in your hand. You are able to get a solid grip that is easy to maintain especially when put under pressure. My only complaint here about the leather is that is can go moldy after a while if it gets wet, compared to rubber handles that you may see on other knives.
Overall, when you are purchasing the KA-BAR 1217 USMC knife you are not just purchasing a knife, you are purchasing a piece of history. Every knife is stamped with USMC and you will honestly just love this knife. KA-BAR go through incredible quality control procedures to ensure that each and every KA-BAR 1217 USMC knife is as perfect as the last. This really is a beautiful knife and if your local hunting store has one, I recommend you go in and check it out before purchasing just to get a feel for it (just because it is a bit bigger than some expect). Other than that, for around $70, you cannot get a knife as good and with as much history as the KA-BAR 1217 USMC, a truly magnificent piece work.