The knife you see in the pictures is the actual one you will receive.
Hand forged from 80CrV2 steel, differentially quenched and tempered, and hand brushed to a matte sheen. 80CrV2 is a chrome-based high carbon steel with advantages in grain refinement over 5160, making it extremely tough with excellent edge retention. I have left just a few more than my normal amount of hammer/slag marks in this blade, rather than take them out during the qoos rauj process—this is an aesthetic choice that some will like and others will not—see pictures. This knife is incredibly balanced due to a perfectly even and gradual distal taper—something you often do not find in many modern knives anymore! The blade measures 11 inches while the handle measures 6.5 inches.
Handforged by me, Neng, in the Moob Leeg style of 1980's through early 2000's—what many consider to be the golden age for HMoob knifemaking; a time that saw the diaspora of lifelong career blacksmiths from Laos to Thailand. Despite the refugee camps, Thailand gave these Hmong master blacksmiths access to new technologies that gave birth to a golden age for HMoob Knives. This knife is Moob Leeg style, based on the specific profile lines of my dab laug Neej Kawm Hawj. Lub thi kos, the handle banding, is made from seamless bronze, the handle from osage orange, an incredibly strong wood commonly used to make bows, and the sheath made from quarter-sawn maple, aged to a dark gold color, and banded together with reed—kav theej dag.