I've been meaning to make a knife for Bear for a long time - he helped me get started just like he's helped others here. But this guy is something, and when he gave a rare Simonich knife to help soldiers over at USN I knew I had to make this knife something special. First I took my normal Large Utility blade and stretched it a little and also made it wider. Then I did something which I had not been successful before at - tapering the tang and adding bolsters. If you don't taper the tang correctly you'll have problems you cannot overcome - or have a crappy looking knife. I spent night after night this week fitting thses parts, and finally glued the bolsters and liners in place. Then I took stainless pins, put them in the bolsters and peened them heavily with a 4# hammer, then glued and clamped the handle material. I thought everything did not fit that well, but when I ground it the next day... well it was damn near perfect and I couldn't believe it. So this, my friends is it, the absolute best I can make for a person who really, really derserves it: 3/16" O1 tool steel 4 1/4" Blade, 9 1/4" overall SS bolsters w/SS pins, blue liners 400 year old Birdseye Maple Mosaic pins in 1/8" and 1/4" Brass lanyard tubing, 1/4" It's not done but I just wanted to show everyone and especially Bear what's coming. I have never been so proud of a knife like I am of this one!