Favorite Knife Handle Material

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What is your favorite custom knife handle material?

  1. Natural Toned Wood (incl. clear stabilization)

    238 vote(s)
    50.9%
  2. Dyed Stabilizied Wood

    47 vote(s)
    10.0%
  3. Horn, Antler, Bone, Ivory

    81 vote(s)
    17.3%
  4. Synthetics (micarta, g10, corian, carbon fiber)

    149 vote(s)
    31.8%
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  1. Adventure Sworn

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    We have an order of blue burlap coming in. I'm looking forward to it. I think it pairs especially well with ivory toned materials. We'll be selling some Mountaineers in the available knives section with it no doubt.
     
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    I'm a simple wood guy as well. I'm a bit partial to american black walnut and english yew.
     
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    I wonder if there is a way that we can stack birch bark for a full-tang knife. I've done it with leather before, so it shouldn't be too tough. I'll have to buy some and give it a go...
     
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    Lignum Vitae is my choice for the most durable wood knife handle there is.

    For looks I also like Lignum as well as bocote and desert ironwood. I also think a brown or darker natural canvas micarta over thick black micarta liners looks amazing.
     
  5. Beard Man

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    Black Canvas Micarta with red liners,

    or

    Green Canvas Micarta with black liners.

    :)
     
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    Apologies for thread necromancy but I enjoyed reading through this thread.
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    Wood for my handles.
    Beautifully natural and I just love the feel and touch of it.

    My custom knife was designed and made by a BCUK maker here in England .
    This model is called a Buzzard and it's steel is RWL 34 and the handle is Pippy Yew from an ancient local tree.
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    we need more 5/5 handles please ,

    and Canvas Micarta !

    :)
     
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    What? No Kraton?!?
     
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    I voted synthetics, I especially like micarta. I like the look of woods but it's just the piece of mind with micarta that I like most.
     
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    I prefer wood handled knives but I have a bunch of synthetics. I've yet to break a wood handled knife.
     
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    While I do love the look of fine wood, I've had a few customs with stabilized wood where the wood shrunk over a period of years.
    Because of this I only buy synthetic scaled knives now, and my preference is for canvas or burlap micarta.
    I also really like the looks of the c-tek, although I don't have any yet.
     
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    I like the look of this dyed pecan myself. Second choice would be iron wood. Waiting for one of the two to pop up on a mountaineer.
     

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    Desert ironwood burl feels wonderful in the hand and looks wonderful to the eye.
     
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    I like the look and tradition of natural materials, but the durability of synthetics. I used to think that stabilized wood was the best of both worlds, but it's heavy. For a long time my favorite material was sheep horn, but it's expensive and uncomfortable if you're going to be whittling or butchering for extensive periods.

    Lately, I've become enamored of stacked birch bark. Historical, beautiful, light, warm, soft, smooth, grippy, water- and rot-resistant, and FREE!
     
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    I voted horn,antler,bone,and ivory,particularly liking bone and antler.I made a knife handle from a chicken bone,the knife a rat-tailed tang.I used artificial sinew to secure the blade into the handle.The blade is 1095 Carbon steel,and quite sharp.I also made a handle from a hunk of antler I bought for an obsidian blade.No,I didn't knap the obsidian blade,I bought it off ebay.Unfortunately the knife fell off a shelf and the obsidian cracked into pieces.I still have the handle and plan to use it to make a ferro rod,or possibly an awl from an ice pick.I already made an awl from a deer leg bone with an ice pick and it came out great.I used Gorilla glue for the epoxy.
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    I broke apart with a hammer the plastic handle of the original ice pick instead of cutting the pick where it comes out of the handle as it would anchor better in the bone.
     
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    I voted WOOD..
    I bought some Turkish Walnut for turning pens. Absolutely fell in love with that wood. I have 6 pen blanks left, but they are not big enough for knife scales. :(
     
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    aaaah Olive wood 3v Huntsman
     
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    I am a natural material guy myself. I like unstabilized Walnut, ironwood, maple, oak, and horn the best. If I could only pic one it would likely be ironwood.
     
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    I personally have three of your knives and I absolutely love them all. I have a mountaineer and a walker with synthetic scales. Also a classic with stablized wood. The classic is my edc belt knife. No matter what the material they all feel great in the hand for however long you want to use them.
     
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