Sharp, versatile and compact are all characteristics of a knife called the Bear Claw. It is produced by Columbia River Knife and Tool and designed by Russ Kommer. And, it may be the most practical knife ever made. The rave of this little tool has spread from the housewife to the emergency medic and from the big-buck hunter to the rip-roaring parachutist. Now you can understand why this may be called the most useful knife ever created. Everybody who sees this knife can think of a reason why one might need the Bear Claw. The original design of this knife was a successful attempt to equip women with a light and effective method of self-defense. However, every husband who laid his hands on the thing needed one for himself. Kommer was correct when he thought to design knife that was easy to handle would be desirable thing. The Bear Claw has been defined as a cutting machine, and that is exactly what it is. The knife comes in razor sharp or a triple-point serrated blade with a teardrop tip, which is perfect for medical personnel or law-enforcement. This tool is made of AUS-6 stainless steel to protect it from natures elements. Friction slots are strategically placed at several locations on the blade. It has an optimal grip handle for safety and control of the knifes blade. The Bear Claw itself weighs in at 2.9 ounces and the hardened Zytel sheath weighs 1 ounce. The Zytel handle is perfectly formed to fit into the human hand. The large finger hole both help the knife feel as though it is an expansion of the hand using it.This knife has proven useful during activities such as, fishing, a rope working course, camping and rockclimbing in Austin.