After hand sanding through progressively finer grits of sandpaper and a few minutes on the buffer, here's the final look of the handle. The ivory polished up beautifully and the bolsters took the mirror finish really well. I think it looks quite elegant.
With the handle basically done I was able to turn my attention to the blade. I hollow ground the blade on my 6 inch wheel for a nice, deep grind. I think I might take this blade up to a full mirror polish to match its shiny handle. I'll have to make that decision in the near future.
The above photo shows the progress so far. I've said it before, but I really like this design and the more that I look at them, the more I'm liking those creamy mammoth ivory scales. During the next trip to the shop I'll get the blade all polished up and hopefully start file working the spacer and liners. I do still need to get the lock and detent built in as well. This should be a nice "Sunday-Go-To-Meeting" type of knife; a true gentleman's folder. I may even get brave and try my hand at some pyrography on the scales. I'll have to do a little test run before committing to something like that. I really don't want to mess this one up. Thanks for following along with me on this knife-making adventure.
- Brandant Robinson