As part of the Kershaw line of tactical knives any survivalist or military buff in your family will really enjoy the Ripcord knife. The Ripcord's unique, patented design provides the strength and stability of a fixed blade knife, yet stores as compactly as a folding knife. The key is Kershaw's "Out the Front" (OTF) design. With OTF, the blade slides out the front of the handle into a secure, fixed-blade position. A convenient belt clip sheath doubles as the OTF deployment system to engage or disengage the locking function. Simply pull out on the back of the handle and lift the knife off of the locking button. To put the knife away, insert the tip back into the sheath. It takes a little practice, but soon it will become a very easy to operate, one-hand procedure when clipped to your belt or webbing. Right or left hand carry. The blade is Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel for strength and superior edge retention, while the Tungsten DLC coating enhances performance and looks good doing it. The Ripcord's handle is lightweight anodized aluminum with Trac-Tec inserts for a secure grip. Blade length 3½", Overall measures 7¾". Weighs .27 lbs.