NOTE: I know i went through way too much work for this but it was a learning experience for me.
I bought this knife awhile back. I like it alot but i hated the cheap handle. Unfortunately i didn't take a before pic so this is the stock one.
So i decided to take the handle off. i bought a guard to put on the knife, not to protect your fingers but just for asthetics. This one had way too much of a gap.
so i started looking up knife making sites for some steel. for the thickness that i wanted and having to buy a minimum of 12" X 12" and being the cheap ^*&&)% that i am i bought this instead
with a little help from this 3-phase buffer we have at work
i sanded most of the threads off of the bolt and then put it in the drill press and gave it a whirl to round off the edges
so after a little elbow grease i end up with a nice round piece of steel
you will see in the finished pics that the steel isn't this thick anymore. that was just me trying to get it perfectly flat on the buffer which is almost impossible. i finally figured out just to finish it off on my sander at home...lesson learned.