The tanto blade on the Spartan is nice quality black finished 1045 (serrated) steel. This is a spring assisted knife, meaning when you push on the thumb stud to open it a spring takes over and propels the blade open (you can also activate the knife by pressing a flipper on the spine when the blade is closed). Spring assisted knives are legal in most areas. The body of the Covert is made out of black steel and features a black textured insert on the front and back. A black pocket clip (tip down) ensures easy carry and access. The overall fit of the knife body is quite good as are the the action and lock-up.