Not intending to replicate anything here, just wanted to see if a browned blade would be attractive. I shortened a Russell 10" Butcher blade to 7" and used about umpteen applications of cold brown to achieve the "unusual" coloring. Not the intended result. I've had pretty good results browning different things but this is probably the highest carbon content steel I've tried. I couldn't get past a mottled appearance and ended up with green, blue, and black in addition to the plum color desired. Of note is the Russell etching which stayed, sort of, despite being treated the same as the rest of the blade. The scales are of Mulberry that I harvested, which is my new favorite wood. It is slightly less dense than Oak, close-grained, and takes a good polish. Pins are ground wire from the farm store. Honest use wear would make this tool look either much better or much worse; no in-between!