John April from Goshen MA, makes his knives from 1084 or 1095 high carbon steel from New Jersey Steel Baron or Admiral Steel. John typically uses nickel silver for the guards and handle pins. The satin finish on the blades is all hand rubbed. John likes to use dense woods and Micarta for the handles. There are no coatings or sprays on the handles, they are shined and polished to 1000 grit and coated with Tung oil and then buffed. John makes his sheaths with veg tanned leather and other exotic materials.