my best bet is pre-ww2 maybe, but not before say 1900.
I vote for stabilizing it. I'm a fan of natural wood but think birdseye or tiger maple can really pop with a light touch of dye.
Let's try $225 for each
well i dont think anyone recommended using a power drill to fix the knife
bad things can happen when using power equipment spinning
Nice Work! Any chance you'll do a saya WIP/how to thread as well?