Handle Material

Natural Materials – Natural handle materials are really the ultimate in beauty, but tend to be a little fragile, You’ll have to take little extra time for care and maintenance.

Leather:  Traditional rings, you’ve seen them before, probably on your grandads hunting knife.

Bone:  Very “old fashioned”  in my opinion, and not in a bad way, I love a bone handled knife, often very complimentary to an overall package, with a dark leather sheath.  I can stabilize bone from your elk, most deer are a little too small for a good handle.

Antler:  Antler is an external bone.  Deer, elk and moose have antlers.  Sambar (tropical deer/elk) is the standard, typically from India, not widely available, and very expensive.  If you have antler from a special prize, I can stabilize it and try and put it in a knife handle.

Horn:  Horn is similar to a fingernail, antelope, sheep, cows, and buffalo have horns.

Wood:  The Beauty of a nice piece of wood cant be denied, but sometimes hard to find.  Most woods can, and need to be, stabilized, with the addition of  resins to fill the fibers of the wood.  Iron wood, aptly named, doesn’t need stabilizing.

Man Made Materials

Micarta: Micarta is made with a wide variety of materials that can give wonderful results when used in a knife handle, canvas and linen are my favorites.   Micarta is another option for a custom knife.  Have you ever wondered if there was some way of preserving grandpas old fishing vest, its too sentimental to throw away, but too old to use.  I can laminate it in resin, and put it on a knife.

Corian: Near indestructible resin material, remember the old counter tops?  Makes a surprisingly striking handle.


Carbon Fiber

Diamondwood:  Diamondwood is laminated pieces of real wood, stabilized with resin.  Some give a very nice wood grain without the problems associated with natural wood, some are a little wild, I don’t think rainbow stripes belong on a hunting knife.

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