I finally got the poniard to the point I could harden and temper the blade. It’s been a long time getting to this point! Above, you can see it “in the white” after hardening and tempering, and then a good bit of cleaning up to remove the detritus left behind by the heat treatment.
I also carved in the waist (above the crossguard), refined the copper crossguard shape, and drilled the hole for the retaining rivet. While that may not look like much progress, let me assure you it was much more complicated than those few items might indicate!
Thanks for looking!