Thought this was a cool looking blade and I decided to clean it up. The orig. scales were cracked but were horn. I happened to have an extra set so I used them after a going over as well. I like the look of the horn, in basic black, polished like a mirror. Yet , it's different looking than acrylic in black. Something about natural materials that just looks great. Here is what I did while trying to save the script on an otherwise cruddy blade. I made single dome washer for the hinge and double for the wedge end ( but the is no wedge in this case) .