I am a U.S. Marine Infantry veteran, I am planning on buying some steel like M390 and making 2 almost matching knives to pass on to my 2 sons when I die in 40 years, and they in turn they will pass them on generation to generation. I want to buy the steel about 1/4" thick and 2 1/2" wide and about 16" long to make a 12" blade and 4" inch handle with a Nickel silver guard. I want to cut the handle to make a full tang bird's beak style with stabilized wood "scales" to last centuries. I am going to do all of this work at my buddy's machine shop and then a friend is letting me use her forge to heat treat the steel after I cut and grind it at the machine shop. I am watching YouTube videos and "Forged in Fire." But any help/recommendations I can get from all of you would be appreciated. Even how to buy the steel I need at a good price... I live in Stockton, California (Near Sacramento, CA).