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post #1 of 3 Old 02-21-2011, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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turning knife grips

Hi there, looked around on this forum and I think there is a lot of experience here available, so maybe some of you can give me some advise about turning wooden knife grips?

A friend of mine started with forging knife blades, and asked me if I could make the grips for these blades. I made some of (European) Ash, but there's not a lot of texture in the wood, I would like to use something with more texture/grain, I thought about walnut, but I'm not really sure this is appropiate for a knife (regarding strength/safety), any suggestions?

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Almost anything is appropriate for a knife. It depends a great deal on it's use and what the designer wants. I photograph a lot of knives have seen most woods, plastics, horn and metals used. Personally I would use a hard wood. If it's a decorative knife I would use exotics, if it's a funtional piece then I would just use a wood that is touch, like Ash or Hickory, Pecan, Elm, Oak, Hard Maple, etc.
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Thanks for your reply, the knifes will be used for real work, so hard wood would be the choice. Maybe a combination of a solid Ash grip with some ornemental rings made from an exotic wood could also be an option.
Never thought of Pecan, looked on the Net for some pictures, seems to have a nice grain/texture, maybe it will be hard to get some here in The Netherlands, but I know some exotic wood suppliers so I will look for it.

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