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Custom Handle Question

Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:12 pm

Hi. Was wondering if any of the knife/handle makers on the forum ever custom-make handles out of any material similar to the Forschner Fibrox or other material similar to it. Something with grip, and maybe a little "stickiness". thanks

Re: Custom Handle Question

Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:11 pm

Of all the handle materials I've used, G10 is probably the closest to the Fibrox handles. But nothing I've tried has that "sticky" feeling I remember the Fibrox handles having.

Re: Custom Handle Question

Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:36 pm

Coarsely sanded Micarta or G10 will be similar (like stop at 220 grit tops, maybe even 120-150?) The fabric laminate handles I did are similar to a Micarta material, but can be left at lower grits and have a fuzzy feeling to them that may stick in your hands more at the lower grits as well.

Re: Custom Handle Question

Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:44 pm

I've often times thought of investing in a small sandblaster to texture handles. I gotta do that one of these days.

Re: Custom Handle Question

Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:48 pm

I've done that before Adam and was never really happy with the feel of it, especially for a kitchen knife. I usually do a low grit sandpaper and then rub in some mineral oil or something like that to darken it.

Re: Custom Handle Question

Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:56 pm

Yeah, that's what I've done as well Tim. Sad to hear the sandblaster thing didn't work though. Glad you said that, save me an experiment. :)

Re: Custom Handle Question

Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:56 pm

I'd imagine a 3 or 4-axis small cnc engraving machine might work. Dunno.

Re: Custom Handle Question

Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:13 pm

Might, but I'd have to see that done. :)

Re: Custom Handle Question

Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:23 pm

It would have to be a very small cutter, which would mean it would be very fragile as well! Neoprene rubber should be sticky and have grip, but it's hard to find in thicker sections sometimes and has it's own issues with working with it.

Re: Custom Handle Question

Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:35 pm

I've also heard/seen a few "Horse Mat" handles. Kind of intriguing....but the thought always throws me off. :)
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