Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Since this is a pattern that seems to have a calling to go forward; I would like to start a thread to collect the impressions of those that have one in-hand. So, let me start by giving my impressions now that I have boxed the large majority of them.... The backspring is a pleasant little 5-6 on the pull; which is a nice range. In hindsight, with this smooth of a pull I wish I had gone with a radius tang as to lend to a smooth flow from end to end. But, the bolsters add enough resistance that I am not sure a radius tang would escape being lazy. As these squared off tangs are still a little hesitant and will probably need to be oiled and worked a bit to provide the silky smooth flow that I was wanting. We went with camel bone because it has a tendency to take the dye in an inconsistent fashion due to widely varying density and I wanted an appaloosa effect. My goal was the old late 1970's Case Smooth Rose type bone. What I got was a fairly consistent dark pink, with near no appaloosa effect. Originally I was going to do the Rust Red Sawcut in addition to the Dark Chestnut, but opted out since we had the smooth rose. Then, what was suppose to be dark chestnut ended up very close to the antique yellow or antique autumn. Matter of fact the Tidioute #77's are coming out with essentially the same bone and it has a factory name of antique autumn. The pioneer bone was presented as a replacement when I crawfished on the rust red and it has been very popular in the past. So we went with pioneer bone as the final bone choice, and they turned out really nice. But I will issue a caveat that this bone is really an old rough cut bone with a lot of worm holes and other character. My guesstimate is that 35% of the pieces have a little horizontal worm hole somewhere on them. For me that is a plus, but others may not like that type of character. All of the aforementioned slabs are true to the factory pictures we have been seeing for weeks; but just thought I would lend some insight to what I was shooting for when I turned in the order. Some of the nicest surprises come when you don't get what you envision; but I will leave that for the end owner to decide. There were a few factory seconds and I have culled some of my own. I have yet to lay hands on the stag, but I supplied it so I have a pretty good idea what is coming. But I would really appreciate your pictures and impressions.