well, This was an early mess around knife of mine. It was the first tricky handle I attempted and it didn't turn out too well. I wanted to just give it to someone at work, but I couldn't find the right person. The handle has some visible epoxy, but the handle isn't pulling away from the tang. I didn't have the perfect tools for the job and the handle lost a bit of it's "butt" while shaping, but it is still very comfortable. I did a little thinning on it and refinished it, nothing flashy. Spine and choil have been rounded/relieved. This thing has been gathering dust for a while, which is a shame. $125 shipped. Now take a deep breath and make sure you want a flawed knife at a discounted price .