So, this knife was on thE bay for a little while and I was very intrigued so I kept going back to it. I am sure a lot of you saw it too and saw the price tag that came along with it. Well, I started a communication with the seller and found him on another site as well. Needless to say, he is a standup guy and we worked out a price that was fair to both. It was still a bit steep for my pockets but manageable. Payment was made (after the sale of a few gun parts and knives, including a Camillus BK1, and after a few apologies/explanations/expletives to the wife about the significance of this piece) and then a few quick days later it arrived. This was listed as a Machax prototype as the owner who sold it to me was the 2nd owner and that is what he was informed. The owner I purchased it from said he has had it since 2006. I have seen only one other “Harley Machax” (or what appears to be one from the blurry picture) on “Becker BK4 Machax Prototypes Revealed -http://www.thetruthaboutknives.com/2015/09/becker-bk4-machax-prototypes-revealed/from 2015 ”. On that site there is a picture of various prototypes, one shows a Machax with what appears to be the same shape as the Harley signature for Lonesome Pine Knives, Bristol Tenn., with the Pine tree, but that one must have been an earlier version than this one because the handle is larger and different. This knife does not appear to be as old as the Walnut handled old school Machaxes that Ethan and Bladite have. It seems to be a later version as you can see the similarities between it and the Cincinnati Machax (as shown in the pics below). It is almost identical in shape. Where it differs, is the fact that it is FFG and is thinner and lighter than the Cincinnati. I have not taken the exact measurements yet but I will. As you can see from the pics, it is a brownish color overall. The color brown shows up significantly brighter in the pics than it does in person. In person, the color is more subtle, although very noticeably different from the Cincin. It feels so quick in the hand but also feels like it will be able to hold its own against other Machaxes including the Cincinnati. Whether this is an actual prototype or not, it is an amazing blade. The fact that it even exists is just awesome. I know from reading previous threads and seeing pics, that Ethan was really good, friends with Mr. Larry Harley who as everyone knows, was quite the renowned knife maker himself. As we all know, the Machax is an amazing tool- that was made/designed by my favorite maker, Ethan. This Machax was made by my favorite maker’s good buddy, who was also an amazing maker himself, Larry Harley, who unfortunately is no longer with us. So whether it is a prototype or just a custom version made by Harley, it is a special piece that is going to be with me for a long time. Please, Bladite, Guyon, any other mods, Beckerheads, or if possible and especially, Ethan, please chime in if you have any more information of the history of this Machax. Any information is greatly appreciated. I need to get to a gathering sometime and bring this bad boy.