Here is the work accomplished yesterday evening and so far to day. Keep in mind the is the way I do these steps, I'm sure everyone has a different method.
After getting the opening in the antler, I fill the hole with epoxy and after taping the tang with Teflon tape I insert the blade into the handle and let it cure. This is after the cure. I had it in the vise overnight.
After removing the tape to keep the epoxy off of everything the blade is ready to come out of the handle.
The blade removed from the antler and the pocket in the antler cleaned up from any tape left after pulling the blade.
I'm dry fitting all the parts and have drilled the for the pin. I did some preliminary grinding on the antler at the transition between the micarta spacer and antler.
This is after much hand sanding on the spacer/antler intersection and shaping of the guard. Still more fit and finish to go but it's getting close.
OK, KITH guys....I'm basically finished with the exception of applying a little dye to touch up a few spots, sharpening (I'm going to wait until it's ready to ship) and making the sheath. Comments and suggestions always welcome.