I'm currently "Building" my own knife. It started life as a 7$ throwing knife that was literally dipped in black paint and wrapped with cheapo paracord. I've stripped the paint, given it a slight polish and I'm currently working on getting it sharp and doing something better than the quick leather wrap handle I did. The steel is pretty dang hard. Works great for splitting wood, but it's too dull at the moment to do any fine work. Anyone interested in seeing it?