I had a work friend of mine, who happens to be a hobbyist here, cut out and grind the blade. It is 52100 and is hardened to 61 hrc. I drew the profile, based on the KS/ Sab profile. It's a touch taller, has a touch less pointy-ness, and a long, thin western tang. The grind was done especially for me as a lefty. The taper could use a little refinement, but the initial edge has produced great results.
The handle is stabilized redwood burl from Burl Source.
The pins are 3/16" from Jantz?
The saya is curly makore with a black walnut spacer. (it has a cool-color changing figure)
I rounded the choil and spine and mirror polished them.
I'm really pleased so far....