Has an 18" tempered steel blade that extends through the handle, heat treated to achieve maximum blade flexibility. Polished and varnished surface. Co-molded handle with anti-slip material. Overall machete length 23". We strongly suggest purchasing the optional Scabbard for safety (4-1/2" wide and 23-1/4" long); it is stitched and riveted for durability, has belt loops & clip, fits most machetes.