This item is a "war trophy" collected while I was serving in Afghanistan. It is handmade and handeched (as shown in the pictures) with the most basic of tools. It is a mild-steel blade with a copper/wood/stone handle (at least I think its stone). It has handmade nails used to hold the handle to the blade. If you look closely, the blade is handeched with a chisel type tool depicting deer and vegetation enclosed in an ornate border. Both sides do show the same images with slight differences due to being handmade and done visually. This item is very unique and great to study.This is a great item for collectors of "war trophies", war/ceremonial knifes, and other categories of this nature. If you have any more questions, please email me at .