This may be of interest. I hope it may work this way.
I have just taken delivery of the first two of a batch of stalking knives designed by a full time stalker and myself from RWL 34, a great British steel.
I myself use one of these and there about 7 or 8 knocking about, one owned and loved by Patrick Smith of Kifaru, used to do his moose from start to finish this season.
Here are the blades:
Here is mine, in stabilised Chestnut burr
and some others:
Buckeye with scandi burr (I have darker figuring wood in stock)
Green dyed curly birch
The plan is: I start from here. The buyer gets to choose brass or stainless hard ware, the material of the handle - you get to see actual pics of the stabilised wood to choose - the stabilisation replaces all the moisture and air space in the wood with acrylic to ensure it is impervious. Or, of course you can have G10 (comes in blue, orange, all those colours you can't miss) or micarta.
Once the knife is done I plan that it will arrive with a leather AND a kydex sheath for you to flip between. You again get a say in the design of the leather sheath, but sadly, kydex is pretty much kydex to an extent.
The buyer gets regular photo updates to watch it being built and it arrives RMSD at the end, once the buyer is happy to make payment after seeing photos along the way.
For this I would like £225 which includes RMSD at the end, but not any paypal fees. I will ensure it is sharp enough to shave with (anyone who has come across mine will tell you it's hair popping) and I would like £50 deposit which will be refunded should I fail to deliver to your satisfaction, but please don't expect this to be a quick job, I make sure it's as good as I can make it.
More than happy to chat about any aspect of this and I hope this will allow this to be a personal knife for life, and hopefully an heirloom for whoever decides on every step of the process.
Thanks for looking