Wasn't sure if it was a good idea or not, but decided it might help get some feedback on style, suggestions for improvements, etc, so thought I'd post my first attempt to make some custom replacement wood scales (ebony wood). Also I know it's a bit tough to tell too much from just cell phone photos. Anyway, all done by "hand" - sanders, Dremel, and files. Learned a lot of things throughout the process, one thing being that this particular knife was not the best to pick to learn on as it had a lot of details that were harder to do, especially without proper tools. So to do it again I'd consider some other tools. The only real goal was to experiment with the checking/checkering on a knife, but it turned into a lot more. With the time it took, not sure I'd do it again or not. But figured I'd post to see what people thought about the style, whether they like it, think the checking is dated, etc. Good, bad, you won't offend me. I was pleasantly surprised when it was done how nice the checking felt in the hand while at the same time providing some improved grip.