I made the blade using a carbon steel plate I bought at a steel shop. I cut it to shape, smooth out any rough, uneven parts using an angle grinder, put an edge on the steel, and heat treat the steel in my charcoal forge. Its very tough, durable, and hard to break. The tip, in particular, is very tough and durable because I spent a lot of time in heat treating it. The handle was made out of teak hardwood, bolted together.