The axe head on the Condor Tool & Knife Valhalla Battle 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. This finish is a perfected process of hand hammering and gives a classic and enhanced look to an already well-made tool. The craftsmen at Condor use hand powered equipment to achieve this traditional pattern to give it a look as if it was hand forged over 200 years ago. The burnt American Hickory handle is strong and gives the axe an ancient look when paired with the Viking design work. The included sheath is made from high quality, heavy duty, handcrafted brown leather.