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.
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.
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.