Here is the finished product. Hard to get a good picture of the grain of the scales. Just wouldn't show up great. In the end, I did my own heat treat and temper. Brought it up to non-magnetic and held it there for 10 minutes before quenching in canola oil I had warmed to about 130°f. Then I tempered in the oven at 450°f for 2 hours, twice. I did drill out the handle to even out the weight a bit as well... All in all, my best one yet by far! I did put an edge on this one and boy is she sharp!! Going to put it into kitchen duty for a while and see how the edge holds up... Thanks for all the encouragment everyone!