Though you wouldn't be able to tell looking at my activity here, I haven't been slacking off.
This was actually what I would call my first completed knife. Ebony, coat hanger pins, 1080 steel. Pretty rough.
After the previous, I wanted to work with 1095 and Bocote. So I did. Got most of the way through polishing, dropped it onto some wood, and the tip bent. It didn't achieve hardness, and the scales were already on. (Keen observers may notice I said I was polishing after the scales were attached; don't worry, we'll get to that problem.)