The KA-BAR 1245 Tanto is closely related KA-BAR USMC and has some Asian influences. The knife has the same characteristics, with a tanto-blade. The penetrating power of the tanto-shape makes this knife stand out from the competition. This is a large knife and it feels very sturdy. The handle has protective parts which keep you from getting close to the razor-sharp edge while using it. The blade is made out of 1095 carbon steel, which does not make this knife stainless. Luckily there is a black coating on the blade which makes maintenance a lot easier.