I started this blade last summer and work on it here and there between projects. It's for a friend of mine that spends a lot of time hunting everything from Coyote to Elk. Long story short, I asked him if I could make him a knife to use and give me some feedback. We discussed a design, and he said, "A hunter would be nice, for Deer, Elk, or Antelope maybe". My strange brain makes up words and shortcuts, and I said "Ok, Delkalope it is then". Just so everyone knows, this is a long term project for me. I'm not in a rush with this knife, it's a bit out of my comfort zone and will be a learning experience. When I finish the leather work I'm doing now, I'll focus on it a bit more. It's 5/32" 1095, the plan is a pinned antler handle with a through tang, thin end cap, NS guard, stacked leather and spacers of maybe brass, nickel, blackwood, not sure yet. The pinned handle and end cap are out of my comfort zone, we'll see how she goes:thumbup: After heat treat and the guard close to fitted. It's been collecting dust at this stage for a little while. So that's the Delkalope part of the title. He's from Maine, and I bust his chops about it and call him Maynard. Yeah, I'm that guy that constantly busts chops. Having said that, Maynard was a college wrestler, is in his late 20's, fit as a fiddle, a Mr. Tough Guy. Jacked up cauliflower ears that say "I mean business". Absolute outdoorsman, works hard at it, and has taken some real monsters. But........... like a lot of guys his age, he's "sensitive" (I think thats what they call it). He has these things called "feelings"? They are some kind of things in your head that can get hurt by words, and then the pain spreads downward, and creates something called "butthurt". It sounds like a funny concept, but apparently it's a real thing, who knew? Now, its not really noticeable in Maynard, but my skills of observation are somewhat evil and I'm used to grown men talking smack like the Barber Shop scene in "Gran Tourino". (Offensive Content- if you're "sensitive" like Maynard, dont watch) [video=youtube;GtSJOUOEJ8o]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtSJOUOEJ8o[/video] These sensitive types are allergic to that kind of banter, and they get that "butthurt" thing going. Maynard hasn't had "butthurt" for years, but there for a while, I'm pretty sure he thought I was an evil bastard, and that may well be true. So if you got this far, the point of this thread is to show the progress of this knife, and bust Maynards Chops. It's all fun and games, dont get serious, but let's give him a nice ruthless Chop busting for being a sensitive little Nancy. Just know that if he finds you, the wrestler in him will come out and he'll tie you up in a knot, I've seen it and its not pretty This knife might just end up in my chest when I hand it to him I'll tell Maynard about this thread when theres a good chunk of feeling crushing material, or when the knife is done. I haven't decided yet. Oh, and in case anyone needs some ammo, he hates snakes, can't stand it when people say "....just saying", has reddish hair that's curly like a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and a unibrow like a giant caterpillar. Maynard, this is for you ya big Nancy! I loves ya brother......oh geez, get a tissue On a serious note, I'm a sentimental oaf and a big sap when it comes to a lot of things, but I don't get butthurt. Maynard is a hell of a guy, now let's have some fun at his expense.......just saying.