Ronan 1-1/4" PVC Racheting Cutter uses an ice hardened stainless steel blade manufactured in Solingen German. Solingen has long been renowned for the manufacturing of quality blades. These blades can be easily replaced and are readily available. There is a blade tray on the tool for convenient storage of an extra blade. It also comes with a safety lock to ensure the tool stays closed when not in use. The best part of owning a Ronan 1-1/4" PVC Ratcheting Cutter is that it will "Always be Razor Sharp" and does not have to be sharpened like conventional cutting implements which is difficult and at time dangerous. Ronan tools come with our lifetime "peace of mind guarantee", so you will be able to take care of your cutting needs for many years.