The following post was kindly provided by Woodlore customer Neil Salisbury:
Here are some photos of the handle I made for my Hand Forged Knife Blade. Im calling it my ‘Brecons Knife’, as the red deer antler and pieces of rowan came from the Brecons during one of my many trips there. I made the bolster from antler too, and added my initial as a little personal touch; the leather came from an old rifle sling – I’m all about recycling!
I know it’s not the most ornate handle ever made, but I made it for practical uses; it feels really comfortable and strong in my hand and grips well, which I’m sure you will agree is the most important aspect of a handle. I also think that the natural patterns in the antler and the grain of the rowan are nice enough to be kept simple, with just some linseed oil for protection. I will soon be ordering a sheath, I just can’t quite decide which one!