With the Aura line, SOG built on the traditional ideas of the past and evolved them for the future. They thought about weight, ease of carry, safety and intuitiveness. They studied the original bowie knife created by Rezin Bowie in 1838. They considered utility, ergonomics and comfort. The result... the Aura fixed blade. SOG uses a high impact and tough glass-reinforced polymer handle that is overmolded with a more pliable material for non-slip comfort. They didn't want a big clunky crossguard that isolated the hand and so adapted the blade design to provide the element of safety and allows greater control. If the extremely sharp and durable edge requires a touch up in the field, you can unscrew the carbide sharpener in the back of the handle and reflect that yes, maybe this is a new day in knives. Check out the Aura in multiple fixed and folding blade configurations. Pedigree for the future.