My Morakniv blades are here!
They are the Classic No. 1 model and not as robust as the Companion (2mm vs 2.5mm thick). So no point in making a bushcraft style handle. I decided to rather stick to the simple, classic handle shape, something that has evolved in practice and has proven itself in woodwork for over a century.
Instead of using light birch wood and painting it red, I decided to use a mix of naturally reddish hardwoods.
The structural core is Bulletwood (Massaranduba) with a decorative back piece of black poplar. The "bolster" is a brass ring cut from an old medal and a piece of Milkwood. The name Milkwood conjures up images of pulpy fig-like wood but it could not be further from the truth. This stuff is insanely hard and dense enough to sink in water.
The side scales are made from bits of Australian Blackwood. When cut at a slight angle across the grain, it has the same characteristic as Mahogany of changing colour when viewed from different angles. It has much finer grain though and the pores are much smaller so.