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Username Post: Handle Material Help – Which One?        (Topic#762001)
margoc
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09-29-12 08:29.32 - Post#2500324    


    In response to daveydoo

What about the shell laminates? I was butchering a deer the other day and got to thinking about the various barkies I've seen pics of. I saw one once that looked like it had gold flecks in it, I think it was an elder burl but not sure.

I use my mini canadian the most and set out to see if there were any fancy ones that were irresistable. I don't really need another knife but if it's special . . .

I saw a paua shell one that is pretty enough to justify the purchase! I plan on using it though and wonder how it will hold up.

I like to lend my barkies to people skinning deer. They always comment on the sharpness.
 
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09-29-12 08:55.41 - Post#2500329    


    In response to margoc

The Paua is actually Completely covered with a thick layer of clear acrylic Epoxy. The layer of Shell is at the bottom. I would not Baton it but it should hold up to any other use.


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ragoligist
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09-29-12 14:18.35 - Post#2500386    


    In response to margoc

  • margoc Said:
What about the shell laminates? I was butchering a deer the other day and got to thinking about the various barkies I've seen pics of. I saw one once that looked like it had gold flecks in it, I think it was an elder burl but not sure.

I use my mini canadian the most and set out to see if there were any fancy ones that were irresistable. I don't really need another knife but if it's special . . .

I saw a paua shell one that is pretty enough to justify the purchase! I plan on using it though and wonder how it will hold up.

I like to lend my barkies to people skinning deer. They always comment on the sharpness.




I like the Mini Canadian too...........Rich

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margoc
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09-30-12 02:44.58 - Post#2500438    


    In response to ragoligist

I'm having a very hard time deciding between the paua shell, the impala horn, or one of the woods. I'm wondering if the impala would be uncomfortable in the hand.

The shell is so pretty! And there would be no doubt to whom it belongs. One the other hand, I use mine a lot for skinning and meat processing. Ill bet the impala would look the same after years of use.
 
Big Mike
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09-30-12 03:00.24 - Post#2500440    


    In response to margoc

  • margoc Said:


...I'm wondering if the impala would be uncomfortable in the hand...

...I use mine a lot for skinning and meat processing...





The naturals like Impala, Stag, and other naturally textured materials are beautiful and well wearing;

...but in extended use can be rough on your hands.


I have no problem with them on a hunting knife (though I generally soften any rough edges).

My favorite slicers and carvers also wear naturally textured materials (Stag and Horn).


That said, on a knife used for serious butchering, or other long duration cutting tasks, a smooth handle is a must for me; I like the natural hardwoods.






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OL OutLaw
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10-14-12 11:27.00 - Post#2503133    


    In response to Big Mike

Beings I'm a newby to the Forum, I just found this thread, and would like to add my THANKS to Mike for taking
the time to do up the list and finishes on the handles...

Now, if I could only figger out which 30 or so of the available knives - finishes I want....

the Wife may use one of my Barkies and skin me alive....

so many choices, so little money ... *SIGH*
 
mack1
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10-15-12 06:58.21 - Post#2503286    


    In response to OL OutLaw

  • OL OutLaw Said:
... so many choices, so little money ... *SIGH*



And with that realization comes the "Official Addiction".

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TheScoundrel_70
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01-03-13 18:44.43 - Post#2522319    


    In response to mack1

My current favourite wood handle material is curly birch. There is something about the near luminescence, pearling, and overall character that really grabs me. White Feather Blades is building me a custom chopper in S7 with stabilised curley birch, and I've put a request in for a Liten Bror and a Canadian Special outfitted to complete my ideal trinity.

Can any curly birch owners or Reverend Mike speak to their experiences with curly birch? Specifically to durability, care, and feel/gription. I know the Scandi universe uses it as their go-to handle material, and has for centuries. From what i gather, Barkie-birch is a whole different beastie from the traditional Scandi material.

Then again, a stacked birch bark Nebula II has a huge retro-coolness in my wee brain. Sorry if I have resurrected a thread from peaceful slumber. Truth be told, replies won't sell or deter me from curly birch, but I would sincerely appreciate any schooling I can get on it from a BRKT standpoint.
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mack1
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01-04-13 09:20.47 - Post#2522408    


    In response to TheScoundrel_70

When the wood is stabilized, it's going to be durable.

Curly Birch has caught my eye lately, and I may have to look into getting some.
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Big Mike
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01-04-13 09:31.10 - Post#2522410    


    In response to TheScoundrel_70

  • TheScoundrel_70 Said:


My current favorite wood handle material is curly birch. There is something about the near luminescence, pearling, and overall character that really grabs me.





Birch makes a Savage handle material.








An awesome material that feels as good in hand as it looks.

Like most of the lighter woods, it seems warmer then most handles in cold weather; that said, I don't think mine is stabilized.

I don't do anything special to mine except keeping it clean and dry.










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