Hey Guys, I've been only been making knives for a few months now and this is my first WIP. I'm getting married in a couple of weeks and I wanted to make some knives for my bestman and groomsman. We already have other groomsmen gifts lined up if the knives aren't finished in time or if they're complete disasters. I thought posting a WIP thread here might help keep me working on 'em. I decided to make the groomsmen small pocket fixed blades after making this one for my fiance's dad. It is 1084 with homemade heavy-linen laminate scales. I learned a good bit making it and there were things I wanted to change. For one the narrow ricasso really bugged me and I wasn't happy with how the scales came out. But I gave it to him to use until I can make a better one. I really liked the size and general shape of that knife so I played with it a bit and made these drawings. I then cut the designs out from cardboard. I did each one to test not just the feel of the handle but also to get an idea of what each blade shape would be like. I staple the drawing to a piece of thick stiff cardboard and then cut with a razor. Using scissors will crush/bend the cardboard. I decided I really like this handle shape over the original rounded design. I liked both the sheepsfoot and drop point but decided to go with the sheepsfoot. I also decided to redraw the design in CAD. I downloaded LibraCad for free on my linux computer, but it's also available for Win and Mac. I used AutoCAD in college, so it took some time to figure out the new program. I did this mosly because I want to be able to get my pins more symetrical, but also I might have access to a cutting table in the future. I did make a few small tweaks to the design in Cad. I then printed, cut out, and glued the drawing to my bar stock. I'm just using a Elmers glue stick and it holds up suprisingly well. I then drilled out the profile to make rough cutting easier. This wastes a little bit more metal over a clean cut line but I think it's worth it. I use a HF drill press. I did make one mistake while drilling. There is one hole between the front bottom two pin locations (purple dots) that was too close. Thankfully it wasn't much and I was able to get the bottom of the tang smooth after filing and grinding. After drilling I rough cut the blade using a hack saw and Dremel cutting wheels. I did file and grind the profile to shape last night but didn't snap a picture of that. I'm still not 100% sure about the grind. I drew the plunge line into the choil with the thought of having the thickness gradually decrease from there down to the edge. I believe this will require a more sweeping plunge. I'm also debating doing a chisel grind. I haven't done one before and I've only ever had one knive, a tanto, with a chisel grind. What do you guys think?