Here's yet another example of what happens when using wood that's been stabilized incorrectly. This came from my ex (and now infamous) CAN wood stabilizer that I was using when I first started.
The wood has severely shrunk and pulled away from the tang at the back end of the handle. This has corby bolts installed, can you imagine what it would look like with just pins?
So the point of this post is to know 100% for sure that what wood you're buying is coming from a reliable industry tested source because if not it'll come back to bite you in the ass.