As a new member on this forum I wanted to contribute to the community and share my knowledge. Here is a build-along for the Sami knife I recently finished. I made this knife for my friend and was taking photos through the process. Sami are a small nation of native people in Scandinavia. They are spread across Sweden, Norway, Finland and north-west part of Russia. Their main business is herding reindeer as well as hunting and fishing. This is why reindeer is what their life was based on for hundreds and thousands of years and off course they utilize every part of reindeer. In particular, antlers are used for making knife handles and sheath. Since polished antler surface is kind of slippery in hand they started making grooves on them which gave birth a specific type art - Sami antler carving. Now to the knife building. It always starts with the sketch and selection of materials. Materials: birch burl, L-shaped piece of reindeer antler and another small piece of reindeer antler for the end part of handle. Bolster was cut of L piece. Blade is made out of 1086 steel by Nova Scotia blacksmith Randal Graham. Marrow on the bolster does not look great and this time I wanted to try something new... Here we go... All parts are ready for gluing. It's important to minimize number of times when you put your bolster on the bade and take it off as the steel blade slowly grinds that tight slit on the antler/wood and makes it wider and this affects the final fit and look. So, once bolster fits well, I only take it off for gluing. With little brother... Oops... Forgot to dye the leather spacers. While they are drying I cut the L-shaped piece in halfs with the hacksaw and draw the rough shape. These two halves need to be sanded nice and smooth to get a nice glue line. The less material is to be sanded, the better fit you get, so after drawing rough shape I will cut it out.