ROUGH HANDLESI had originally bought some book matched maple burl slabs to complete this knife, but in my latest shipment from knife supply I received some DymondWood composite "Cocobolo Macassar" slabs. A phenolic type of material. I will apply them to AD1 for trial.
On the downsize, phenolic smells when you work it and this particular material leaves a very visible orange-red dust. Yes, mask up and have the dust extractor or shop vac running.
The handle is close to the shape I want. When it's all in place, I'll take the finer sandpapers to it followed by a buff on the cotton wheel.