Wick-super job. On the scale pins- is there a collar around the pins and the pins peened into the collar? I'm thinking of bone scales but worried about cracking the bone if I peen the pin ends.
Once again-outstanding job as usual.
Most knife blades have a distal taper, much depending on their proposed use. Nearly all forged blades were, and are, tapered from the forging process stretching the blade length, and is also used to taper tangs when needed or desired. The forge tapering allows less steel to be wasted. Distal tapering also allows more flex in the blade, while also affecting the balance and weight of it in a given size.