Indeed! The woodworking part of this project is coming right up.
Black walnut is just about my favourite wood for a knife handle. Easy to work and stunningly beautiful. This gorgeous feathered gun stock blank would provide the man portion of the handle. An ebony spacer and stainless steel guard would complete the materials needed.
But before we get to the handle work, we need to finish the blade. I'm skipping several steps of the heat-treating process, which is critical, but neither interesting to watch nor read.
One thing I will point out is that the blade was fully hardened as a result of the quench and nitro bath. Fully hardened is not what you want in a large knife or sword, because the harder the steel, the more brittle it becomes. You need the cutting edge to be hard in order to take and keep a keen cutting edge, but the spine needs to be softer, and more resilient for strength. One way to accomplish this is to "draw the spine" with a torch. This heats that portion of the blade, and as it slowly cools (as opposed to the rapid cooling of the quench) it becomes less hard. You'll notice the edge sitting in water - this is to prevent that getting heated / softened.
This pic also shows what I described earlier as the distal taper - or reduction in thickness of the blade as we move towrard the tip. Some big knives feel like you have picked up a lead pipe. Others are quick, liveley and well balanced. This aspect as more to do with that result than any other.