Once again the taper twist got the better of me. This was supposed to be 5 feet, but after 3 attempts at a taper twist (It looked like hell) I had to dissemble and take it back to give me enough leeway for a fall hitch. Luckily, I was able to save it. At 4.5 feet, its rather snappy, but kind of fun. Much better after getting rid of that worthless taper twist debacle.
The best part? The handle came out nice. The paracord matched the wood in the inlay nicely. You can really see the gray and green in the wood grain in the Celtic knot. So whew, close call.
Oh and Ron, I took your advice about steaming the oak veneer to make it cooperate a little better. It worked. The main wood is oak. The knot is mahogany according to the guy I bought the veneer from.