The Blackout's blade is a classic drop-point, perfect for handling a wide range of tasks. The blade steel is high-performance 14C28N. Developed in a partnership between Kershaw and Sandvik Steel, this stainless steel offers excellent corrosion resistance, hardness, and edge retention. To enhance that performance even more, we added a black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) scratch-resistant blade coating. You'll also like the Blackout's ergonomic handle design for a grip that's comfortable, secure, and ensures that you're always in control of the cut. For sheer toughness in this workaday world, the handle is made of durable glass-filled nylon. And of course, for fast and easy blade deployment, the Blackout features SpeedSafe assisted opening. Just push outward on the thumbstud and the blade moves out of the handle and locks securely into place, ready for use. A locking liner ensures the blade stays securely open during use and closes easily when you're ready.