So this is my first attempt at making handles for Spyderco Mules. This particular mule is the k390 steel mule.
The handle is a resin impregnated and dyed stabilized pine cone. What attracted me to this handle was the curvature of the core of the pine cone - It followed the curvature of the Spyderco handle.
I really like the overall look of it, but my eye keeps going to all the minor flaws in my technique. I'll get better. A special thanks to the the Bark River 'gang' who have taught me what little I know about handle making.
The knife still has the factory edge in it.
The stone is a Monzen Aoto a muddy middle grit stone that's a whole lot of fun to use.
Here's a closeup of the 'spine' or core of the pinecone. The seeds look like embedded gems Totally unexpected!