After yet another round of sharpening the crappy knives in my kitchen I was complaining to my Fiance about how they're not good knives and I really should just make a better one she looked at me and said "So why don't you?" Duh. I had been putting this off for a while mostly due to not being confident that I could handle longer blades and I was worried I would get to final grinding and bugger it up. Prior to this the longest blade I had made was 5" Here we go! First off I had to decide what kind of knife to make, so I asked her "Which one do you use the most?" She pointed to her smaller Santuko style so I set off to more or less copy it. Plunge lines are getting easier to even up. Still lots of room for improvement but a far cry from my first few knives that's for sure. Bevels roughed in prior to heat treat. She's a fan of purple so I figured I would take the plunge and try working in some Purpleheart. I know it doesn't keep this colour forever which is really too bad, but it's such a pretty wood I couldn't not try. Scaled glued up and roughed out, this was a bit tricky as the Ebony was a lot thinner than the purpleheart so I wasn't sure how to keep it straight and glued in two directions at once so I opted to clamp them one way and let gravity to the rest. Turned out ok. Blade hardened well as I have come to expect from 1084. Bolsters finished and scales glued on after final grinding. Shaping the handle. Very happy with how this turned out and my choice for mosaic pins. This was sanded to 220 grit just before I started wet sanding with tung oil at 320. Having never worked with Purpleheart before I don't know if this was a good idea or not as I think it impacted the final colour of the handle a little. At least I had the presence of mind to orient the pins all in the same direction this time And the finished product. I tried to use my stamp to put my maker's mark on the blade while I was doing the heat treat but it didn't take as well as I had hoped. Perhaps if I had more ricasso to work with that would have been a better option as putting it on the blade I was working on an angle. Guess I need to get with the times and get an electro etching set up going. Playing "one of these things is not like the others" As always comments and criticisms are welcome. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, blade is 6 1/4" 1084 so I'm waffling on whether to do a forced patina or not as it is a kitchen knife. Still might go that route but as of right now that's how she sits. I guess I need to tackle an 8" knife next.