Brian, I know this is a little off topic but is the Woodcarving Illustrated forum still active?I have been carving with the crooked knives common to the First Nations carvers here in the Pacific North West.
Less than 10 years now.
I'm happy to pay a competent bladesmith to make the sweeps that I want.
I'll buy those blades (knives and adzes) and haft them in handles of my own design.
At the end of the day, the handle is everything. Fatigue hurts.
Don't think that I have built any more than 2 dozen knives of various sweeps.
I've been hit several times in the chest. Wrecks my shirt and the cut stings.
Super heavy duty canvas apron now, I can hear the hits.