Sadly, this PM2 Sprint will be going to the market soon, as I do not carry it anymore, thx to my Native 5 & Manix 2.....GB regrind, swedge, strengthened tip, flattened belly & polished pivots & washers.
Here's a set of scales for the Squeak I finished last night. This is a delightful knife to work on - as is the Pingo. The construction of these Maniago knives is simple and direct - and the result is a very compact and strong tool. Nicely done, Sal!
I found a block of stabilized marblewood a few weeks back. I've been wanting to work with this wood for a while. It has a very coarse grain that is sometimes interlocked, plus it is very dense and has a noticeable blunting effect on tools. HOWEVER, when it is stabilized, the coarse grain becomes a non-issue and the wood turns solid and strong. Its a joy to work on. Case in point: these scales are sanded out to just 800-grit and finished only a rubbing of Renaissance Wax. No topcoat at all.
And for those of you who might be wondering - I don't own 50 Squeaks. I'm just a hobbyist, so I bought a handful when they were on sale at an online retailer a while back ($15!) and rotate them. I keep one "sacrificial" Squeak on my bench to use as a construction mule. I build and shape the knife using the Mule (which gets quite scratched up and the scales have registration holes and glue residue). When the scales are finished, I then mount the them on one of the other knives. This way I can build my skills without spending a small fortune. Fun stuff!
Thanks for the compliment, X. And Donut is right, I've given a lot away to friends and family - and traded away a few for other knives... But I've kept a few in a display case in my office. I'll see if I can take some pics of the ones I have left.