Thank you Duncan, for the welcome, and for leaving the Shadow for me! I do have it (sort of), but am not using it yet. This is a 50th birthday gift from my wife and son, so she wisked it away into hiding almost as soon as it arrived, to be given on the day, which is still a week away. I will definitely be using it and commenting on it. Rick Garcia is making a leather sheath for me to carry it in, and I am eager to receive that as well. I have always been drawn to beautiful wood (on my guitars, pistol grips, pipes), so it makes sense that my first custom knife would have wood scales.