Very nice work sir! How about a dumb question, why do you guys call the handle of the knife (Scales)?
Yep and they call pistol grips scales also: After pondering your question, 90% of the stuff I read on them posted by various Knife Guild masters call them a scale because that's what they are ( no real explanation )
this is as close as any:
Scales Ė The scales are the part of the knife that creates the handle.
I believe what they are saying scales do not become handles - until after mounting and detailing work. At what point they become a handle's , I would guess as soon as they are affixed to the knife.
ANd 10% of this dissertation is a WAG, but it sounded good