The original Link is a 420HC stainless steel blade that has been stonewash finished to hide the wear and tear from daily use. It uses a matte-finished glass-filled nylon for the handle to provide a more secure grip. The Link is equipped with SpeedSafe assisted opening for easy one-handed opening via the flipper. The missing link?between a quality, made-in-the-USA knife and a price most consumers can afford?has been found. Or, to be more precise, Kershaw is making it. Appropriately, it is called the Link and it has been given the patriotic model number of 1776. The sculpted lines and texture of the handle provide for a comfortable and secure grip. The Link feels big and solid in the hand and offers a clean look. The pocket-clip is reversible for convenient left or right-handed pocket carry. The Link is made in Kershaw?s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Tualatin, Oregon.