I got this Delbert Ealy damascus blank for a lot cheaper than they go for completed, along with some figured Koa scales. It needs a handle, etching, and sharpening. Side jobs and weddings will keep me busy all summer. Maybe in a month I'll have time to actually put it together. This is my first "grown up" paring knife, not a $5 victorinox junker. It's also my first American maker not including forgecrafts.
I'm trying to decide if I want to do two small pins like these:
OR two small and a big one in the middle:
I don't particularly want anything distracting from the koa wood or the damascus but without any pins, you'd really notice they are missing.
This is one of my last western handle projects. I just want to keep it true to the style of the maker so it feels like a Del knife. Otherwise I'd grind the tang down and do a hidden tang handle.
So how many pins to use? Maybe just one big one in the middle..