The Martell mark to me looks deeper and bolder but fuzzier. The #3 mark looks the best so far though.
Would you get a better match with black paper micarta instead of the linen micarta?
It's canvas that I'm using now and yeah Pierre actually suggested switching to paper or linen to hide the pin better. I'm somewhat partial to the carbon fiber (esque) look of the canvas though.
really nice work dave. I like #2 a lot. I can not wait to hear how the perform.
I agree on the ebony bolster. The amount needed is inexpensive and has all of the qualities desirable in this application.
I have not had any problems with it in handles.
Why is ebony a cursed wood?