Looks great DeMo! I know what you mean about the koa. You just can't photograph it the way your eye sees it. That's a great piece and I can tell you did it justice.
I really like the shape of the the blade on that and the fact that you're making through tangs and multi part spacers. You are really pushing yourself. It's official.......you are no longer a newbie.
That bone one with the hamon looks good too. That's pretty good if that's your first attempt at hamon.
Well done, my friend!