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 Post subject: Re: Where to buy J-Knife handles?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:42 pm 
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Jwelsky is looking for the take off handles. Wsfarrell was looking for pics of the non stabilized. If guys are paying $45+ for a simple ho/buff horn, an extra $10 gets a custom handle with tons of wood choices!

Non Stabilized woods/materials available: Buffalo Horn, Faux Ivory, Faux Marble Horn, Faux Pearls (like 8 different colors), Rosewood, Kauri, Bocote, Ziricote, Bubinga, PurpleHeart, RedHeart, Bloodwood, Blackwood, Maple, Cherry, Sycamore, marblewood, Cocobolo, Jobillo, Olivewood, Mopani, Mahogany.

Black and Red Palm I will not work unless it's been stabilized since the grain likes to come apart.

Stabilized woods are more expensive material wise (at least $30-$40 for the material for 1 handle) and include various burls, such as Maple, Buckeye, Box Elder and Redwood burls and other woods like Walnut, Koa, Curly Maple, Ziricote, Mango, Silky Oak, etc. Most of these fall into the $30-$40 category, some are much higher, like really good Koa, can be over $100 for materials.

Some materials like Arizona Ironwood, Cocobolo and most of the Rosewood family don't need to be stabilized. Cocobolo and the Rosewoods are pretty stable on their own and are dense/heavy and are normal priced unless you are going for some incredibly figured stuff. Ironwood runs from like $10-$15 for handle material up to over $60, depending on the grain/figuring.

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