This was the sixth knife I completed, and one of my favorite blades. I hope its new owner takes good care of it!
For those of you wondering, here is a brief overview of what goes into the making of a knife.
I start with the "raw" materials, deciding what will go well together. I consult the Wife on this, as she has come up with some really good ideas for handles... as in this very knife!
After some careful drilling through the parts to accomodate the hidden tang (long skinny part behind the blade) I fit them all together, then glue them solidly. It still takes some imagination at this point to see the finished project.
Then after some hours at various sanders and shapers, and lots of hand sanding later, you get this...
It is a lot of work. But so much fun to watch it come together.