Jay, My knife arrived today and it looks fantastic! I absolutely love the feel and the look of the handle. The grain of the wood with the light spot reminds me of the stock on one of my bird guns. I think IÊ will need a new sheath in a few years so I will probably be sending it back for one of those as well. It is kind of funny, I bought that knife on closeout just to have one I could legitimately bang around in the bush on hunts (everything from splitting kindling to prying caribou bones apart). Now it is like you said..an heirloom.
Thank you again.