Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! First a little background - I got into making custom knife handles a few years ago (no knives, not my thin, just handles). About 2 years ago I came across Daniel Fairly Knives and instantly loved the designs he produced. I took a gamble, reached out to him and asked him if he would ever consider letting me collaborate on some of his knives where he'd do the blades and I'd make some custom wood handles. He graciously said yes! We did a small run of backpackers with some walnut, maple and koa handles. I can't tell you guys how much it meant to me to have a custom maker take a chance with me - I had no reputation, only a few knife handles under my belt. It was an incredibly generous thing, and for those of you who know Daniel, it is typical of the help he gives away. So more recently I saw the small EDC blades he started making in 3V and I jumped in on the run he just did. I asked him if he would do mine without handles, just the blade and sheath, and I would do my own handles. He again graciously said yes! I recently asked him if it would be OK if I documented the project here for you guys to enjoy. This is a fantastic little blade shape and it just somehow works! The modified wharnie/sheepsfoot blade is my personal favorite blade shape, so I can't wait to put this thing to use! I do believe that it would be excellent with the handle length Daniel has designed. It hits the palm of your hand just right (I am imagining handles on mine here...). Having said that, I want something for my little finger to hold on to, so I am planning to capture the end of the tang with some handle material. I've done this on several other knives, so I know I can do it. So I can't make up my mind on the handle material. All of these are pieces I have set aside for my personal collection, and this is actually the first knife I am doing simply for myself. I am leaning toward the Koa (that compression curl!!) or the mixed walnut/maple scales. The straight curly maple is really some of the nicest fiddleback maple I have ever seen, so who knows. Now for the pictures. Feel free to comment with what direction you think I should go.