Tooln message me your shipping address I’ll ship u some hedge and other scale wood I have laying around some will likely be interesting stuff is 3/4 thick material thick enough for you to split a set of scales out of?
Back at the root burl/ball what ever you want to call it. I just can't believe how hard this stuff is. Here's another piece cut from the burl, the 2 scales and the blade they are going on. The scales are surface sanded to 120 grit and sprayed with mineral spirits to get the grain to show. Once sanded to 800 and polished they are going to pop.
Beside having to sharpen the blade the mystery root ball/burl knife is done. Not wanting to cut myself up I made the video before sharpening. I also did the video vs pictures so you could see all views of the handle. This one is going to be a keeper.
Awhile back I looked into it. Not really something I'm interested in at this point. I want to keep the cost of my knives down, adding this process I'd have to raise my prices. You have to remember I'm doing this on a budget and as a hobby.
One of things I don't like about using them is I don't know the steel. Even though its a high carbon steel it's still a mystery. My source for them gets them as factory seconds. They have some flaw that they won't used them. Normally they aren't sharp enough or the logo got stamped wrong. The manufacture won't tell you what they use as they all have their secrets. They could be 1020, 1045, 1084 and the list is a lot longer. They all heat treat and temper just a little differently. Since I anneal the rasp to make grinding the bevels easier I need to reheat treat and temper so it's some what of a guessing game.