Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:11 am
Yes, the tooth can be a pain to work! Some guys send it out to get stabilized, which I imagine helps. I drilled my first piece and it cracked into like 4 pieces. Diamond Hole drills I guess are the way to go. The tooth has hard and soft sections, and the hard stuff is like hard stone. When I did get to drill it, I had to first epoxy it to the handle block I was using and then drill it and even a brand new drill bit just made dust, no chips when drilling. It is like working a fragile stone. I also kept adding super glue to the sides and edges and stuff while working it to try to prevent chips and seal any cracks/voids.
Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:30 am
So where does one get mammoth tooth? I love the colors but can't imagine where to get the supplies!
Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:18 pm
Randy Haas sometimes has some for sale, Texas Knife and Jantz both stock it now, too. A set of thin and small handle scale pieces starts at $60 and goes to $150+ for larger/thicker scales usually. Sometimes I can get 2 spacers out of each scale, but usually it's only 1. Very fragile stuff to work as well, so it adds a good bit to the cost of the handle.
Wed May 21, 2014 9:38 am
That handle is beyond sick, fact.
Thu May 22, 2014 10:50 pm
Very beautiful handle! Love the etching, too
Sat May 24, 2014 1:04 pm
Your handle work is stunning! Your mom and you made an excellent color choice combo.
The acid etch came out great too.
You have added a lot of cosmetic value to that Tanaka.
No surprise the Mammoth tooth was hard to work with. The teeth are petrified, and AT LEAST 4,000 years old.
Sat May 24, 2014 1:25 pm
Yeah, the tooth can be a pain to work! Very brittle, too. Bandsaw blades just spark and the teeth get knocked off. I used a 12mm diamond hole bit to drill the hole for the dowel to go through and that seems to work well, and I usually epoxy it to the main handle piece to strengthen it while I am drilling it.
Sun May 25, 2014 6:03 pm
Thats a WOW!!!
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