Knives 16 and 17 are done. They are pretty different examples of design.
Knives 16 and 17
Knife number 16 from the Michigan shop is a CPMS 35VN Imp. It will ship out to the gentleman who owns Imp #1. He sent #1 back for a sharpening/spa treatment. It showed evidence of heavy use when I got it. I’m always happy to see my knives being used. For #16, he chose one of my favorite handle materials and I think it will make a very good brother to #1.
Knife Number 17
Knife number 17 is a custom. It ended up being a very beautiful knife!
The blade is made of 3/16″ thick CPMS 35VN hardened to 58 on the RC scale. The blade is flat ground with a plungeless swedge. The edge is convex ground. It features a full tang design (skeletonized slightly to improve balance.) The guard is nickle silver, which has been pinned with copper mosaic pins and soldered. The handle is secured using epoxy and 2 corby bolts. It also features a mosaic pin and lanyard hole.
The handle scales are stabilized black ash burl. Very pretty!
Of course, extreme attention was paid to making the handle ergonomically correct.