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This knife would be only my fourth attempt at making a knife! I have spent much time learning new tricks and methods since my last knifemaking adventure, and due to some recent inspiration, I had decided to make this knife: 1080 Steel, a stacked leather handle, hand-cut brass guard, and a brass butt-cap(attached by peening the tang). This time, to attach the guard, i soldered it on, so it would most certainly stay secure, and polished the blade to a mirror finish. Also, I finished, sanded, and waxed the leather handle to a moderate shine, and shaped it to be secure but comfortable in the hand. Leather is one hard material to shape from my experience. In addition, i differentially tempered it, and lightly etched it, but the hamon line is only very slightly visible due to the polishing process... my lesson learned with this knife however, was to let the refractory cement cure onto the knife where i want the hamon line, or else it may get scratched off by coal in the forge... What kind of feedback can you guys offer?