A long long time ago, my mate Cookie offered to do a lot of wiring work on my new house, and by way of trade we bartered a deal where he would end up with a set of stalking knives.
I finished a set quite a while ago, but they didn't seem right, despite how much John liked them. I knew i could do him a better job, and use some better materials as well.
Here's the main blade in its blank form:
It's been like that for a while, made in 154CM stainless steel. And John fell in love with a piece of stabilised Canadian Yellow Birch to go on for the handles.
I've been fettling away at the handles this very afternoon, and here it is so far:
The scales reflect the sunshine magnificently when you move the handle around showing off some of the internal structure of the timber that just doesn't come through in the pics, but it catches the light and it comes out at different angles, sort of like the timber has fibre optic elements in it!
Took these yins indoors:
Still a small amount of work to do. I buffed it up after a bit of hand sanding to show me the bits I've missed, and the steel in the tang needs a bit of work as well. But I'm liking this one so far, and the timber smells gorgeous as i sand it.
It has a companion knife, a small grallocher/tripe knife, but that is deliberately minus scales.
More to follow as work progresses, thanks for popping in for a look.