So I wanted a nice scimeter and I couldn't afford a custom. Did some searching on the fleabay and I found a 12" carbon steel old Wusthof 153-12 model scimeter. I figured it had a shot at being pretty good since it was supposedly made before 1987 when most of the Germans switched over to recycled steel. It came to me pretty cruddy with some pitting on the blade, a part of the handle broken off, corroding pins, and dull as could be.
Here's how it turned out! New handle is curly walnut with a tung oil finish and copper pins. No patina yet because I had to take pictures as soon as I finished putting an edge on it! There's a few small gaps where there was some minor flake out from reinserting the pins, but it's my first attempt and I don't mind it not being 100% perfect. Oh, and I couldn't resist taking a picture of my boxer puppy since he was out back when I was snapping the "after" photos.
Couldn't figure out embedding the photos but there's a lot so it might just be easier to take the link to imgur. http://imgur.com/a/Oq46V#0