Your off to a good start and it's looking good! Reminds me that I've got a couple of knife blanks stored away somewhere, would be a quick project for me to get in sometime...just need to figure out what box I packed them in out here.
Personally I like what you've done, but hold off and see what the burl looks like...may be worth the wait.
Also, Don't run that through the dishwasher. my wife did that to my chef's knife I made a couple of years back. The steam popped the epoxied handles right off. Luckily I had pinned them, so they are still on there. Use the heck out of that knife when I'm in the mood to cook.
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