Here is a custom order that I finished recently:
The blade is made from a 10-inch Simonds file, oven-tempered to around 58 Rc. Handle is curly applewood from a block given to me about 15 years ago by my grandfather’s army buddy, who was a connoisseur of fine woods. Blade is etched with ferric chloride.
The pattern for the knife was supplied by the customer, in the form of a photograph. I took the photo into a photo editing program, scaled it to size, printed it out, and glued the photo to the steel with Barge cement.