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Arizona Desert Ironwood

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

The desert ironwood, Olneya, is native to the southwestern United States and extreme northwestern Mexico in the Baja California Peninsula and the Sonoran Desert, and is partially an indicator species of that desert.

Olneya ironwood is very hard and heavy. Its density is greater than water and thus sinks.

Due to its considerable hardness, processing desert ironwood is difficult. Final treatment of the wood with solutions can also be difficult because of its high density. As a result, mass processing of this wood is difficult, and most of its commercial usages are artisanal, such as durable wooden sculptures as well as knife handles.

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Desert Ironwood Knife

Arizona Desert Ironwood/Whitetail Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Deer antlers make unique, beautiful knife handles that are durable and can last a lifetime.

The desert ironwood, Olneya, is native to the southwestern United States and extreme northwestern Mexico in the Baja California Peninsula and the Sonoran Desert, and is partially an indicator species of that desert.

Olneya ironwood is very hard and heavy. Its density is greater than water and thus sinks.

Due to its considerable hardness, processing desert ironwood is difficult. Final treatment of the wood with solutions can also be difficult because of its high density. As a result, mass processing of this wood is difficult, and most of its commercial usages are artisanal, such as durable wooden sculptures as well as knife handles.

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Skinner Knives

Birdseye Maple

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Bird's eye is a type of figure that occurs within several kinds of wood, most notably in hard maple. It has a distinctive pattern that resembles tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain. It is somewhat reminiscent of a burl, but it is quite different: the small knots that make the burl are missing.

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Birdseye Maple Knife

Birdseye Maple/Whitetail Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Birdseye Maple is often chosen for the one-of-a-kind designs of eye-shaped patterns for the look of the knife handle and its durable Maple make it a knife handle that will last a lifetime.

Deer antlers make unique, beautiful knife handles that are durable and can last a lifetime.

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Drop Point Knife with Birds Eye Maple and Deer Antler

Black Palm

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Black Palm is highly variable in weight, strength, and hardness properties because the wood is so non-homogenous: the trunk is a gradient between the strong fibrovascular bundles, and the softer cellulose structure which makes it a great choice for a knife handle along with its beauty.

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Black Palm Knife Handle

Black Palm/Whitetail Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Black Palm is a very durable wood that is decay-resistanct in its natural state. After we treat the wood it lasts a lifetime.

Deer antlers are a popular choice with hunters because they love the look and durability of it.

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Black Palm Knife Handle

Black Steam Punk/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Burls are a growth on the big leaf maple tree, Acer macrophyllum. It has a uniform color with dramatic figure representing large eyes. The beauty of this wood makes it a favorite of knife handles.

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Maple Burl Knife Handle

Blood Red Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak Hammer Forged Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Acrylic Handle (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)
  • Custom Sport Knife 20 (Out of stock)
  • Double Edge Custom Fillet Knife (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Burls are a growth on the big leaf maple tree, Acer macrophyllum. It has a uniform color with dramatic figure representing large eyes. The beauty of this wood makes it a favorite of knife handles.

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

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Maple Burl Knife Handle

Blood Red Vein Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Burls are a growth on the big leaf maple tree, Acer macrophyllum. It has a uniform color with dramatic figure representing large eyes. The beauty of this wood makes it a favorite of knife handles.

Image Example:

Maple Burl Knife Handle

Blood Trail Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak XL (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Maple burls are an excellent choice for the hardness and beauty of its swirls in knife handles.

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Maple Burl Knife Handle

Blue Vein Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Burls have unique designs that can include 'eyes' or 'swirls' to give you knife a unique look.

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Maple Burl Knife Handle

Bocote

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Bocote comes from Mexico and Central South America.

It has a yellowish brown body with beautiful dark brown to almost black stripes. The grain patterning can be quite striking making it a favorite for knife handles. Sometimes eyes and other figures show up in Bocote like Maple Burls.

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Bocote/Whitetail Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

The yellows and brown stripes of Bacote make it a popular choice for a knife handle in our store. Sometimes patterns of 'eyes' show up in the handle making process.

A very popular choice for hunters is the unique look of deer antlers when mixed with the maple burls.

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Bocote/Whitetail Antler Knife

Brown Speckled

Knives using this option:

  • 8 Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Clear Blue Steam Punk/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

A burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. Burls are highly sought after for its beauty when used in woodworking such as knife handles. Maple burls are especially hard for durability which makes it an excellent and popular choice for our knife handles.

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Clear Sparkle Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Bird's eye is a type of figure that occurs within several kinds of wood, most notably in hard maple. It has a distinctive pattern that resembles tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain. It is somewhat reminiscent of a burl, but it is quite different: the small knots that make the burl are missing.

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Image Example:

Maple Burl Knife Handle

Clear Steam Punk/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Maple burls are a popular choice and highly sought after in the woods for its unique patterns of swirls and eyes in its design. Also, with the maple hardness to back it up make it an excellent choice for knife handles.

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Maple Burl Knife Handle

Cocobolo

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Cocobolo stands up well to repeated handling and exposure to water, a common use is for gun grips and knife handles, and duck calls. It is very hard, fine textured, and dense, yet easily machined. Besides its use on guns and knives, cocobolo is favored for fine inlay work on custom, high-end cue sticks, police batons, pens, brush backs, bowls, pipes, jewelry boxes, desktops and other expensive specialty items.

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Cocobolo Knife

Cocobolo/Whitetail Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Cocobolo can be seen in a range of different colors such as yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. The hardness of this wood makes it a popular choice for making knife handles.

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Cocoboo/Antler Knife

Copper Country Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged Acrylic Burl Handle (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Maple burl is a growth on the big leaf maple trees and has a uniform color with dramatic figure representing large eyes which make it a beautiful choice for knife handles. The hardness of maple gives knife handles an excellent durability for a choice when you select your kife handle type.

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Image Example:

Maple Burl Knife Handle

Crème Speckled

Knives using this option:

  • 8 Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Curly Maple

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Curly Maple, also known as flamed maple, ripple maple, fiddleback or tiger stripe, is a feature of maple in which the growth of the wood fibers is distorted in an undulating chatoyant pattern, producing wavy lines known as "flames". This effect is often mistakenly said to be part of the grain of the wood; it is more accurately called "figure", as the distortion is perpendicular to the grain direction. Since this is a maple product it is an excellent choice for its hardness to be used in knife handles.

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Curly Maple Knife

Curly Maple/Whitetail Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Curly Maple has a unique look to it that can look like flames or stripes and since it is a maple it is also very durable for knife handles.

The durability and hardness of Whitetail Antlers make it an excellent choice to use for knife handles.

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Curly Maple/Whitetail Antler Knife

Elk Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Elk Antlers are just as hard as Deer Antlers with the same beauty! With its lightweight to durability ratio it is a popular choice to use.

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Elk Antler Knife Handle

Elk Antler & Finger Grooves

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Elk antler can make an excellent handle for a full-tang knife with its lightweight to durability ratio. Plus, the beauty of the finished product makes it a popular choice for knife handles.

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Elk Antler Knife Handle

Elk Antler & Palm Swell

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Elk antlers are a durable choice for the hunters out there to bring uniqueness to their knives.

Image Example:

Elk Antler Knife Handle

Flow Green Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak Hammer Forged Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Acrylic Handle (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged Acrylic Burl Handle (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Redi-Axe (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)
  • Double Edge Custom Fillet Knife (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Though it may sound like it, 'burl' does not describe a type of tree. Basically, a 'burl' is a growth on the bark of a tree. The inside of these burls is nothing short of gorgeous.

Burl wood has extremely unique spiraling patterns in place of the rings with tiny dancing twirls in various colors within one woodcut, which looks incredible! No two pieces of burl wood are alike, so you also will be getting a one-of-a-kind knife handle!

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Image Example:

Maple Burl Knife Handle

Forest Brown-Green Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Sport Knife 21 (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Maple burl wood is one of the most unique forms of intricate designs that make your knife handles one-of-a-kind beauty and with the hardness of Maple trees it makes it an excellent choice to use for a knife handle.

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Maple Burl Knife Handle

Gallery Marble

Knives using this option:

  • Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Marble has been around for thousands of years. What does that tell you about its durability? Also, it gives your knife a classy look.

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Marble Handle Knife

Green Swirl

Knives using this option:

  • 8 Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Leopard Wood

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Leopard Wood have dark reddish brown with grey or light brown rays that looks like the spots of a Leopard which gives it its name. This high-density product makes it difficult to work with but has an excellent finish once completed.

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Leoparde Handle knife

Leopard/Whitetail Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

The knife handles made with Leopard Wood have a unique look that looks like leopard spots with its reddish/brown colors. Leopard Wood is a high-density prodcut that adds to its durability.

Deer antlers are a favorite choice of hunters for knife handles due to the nature of it and the beauty along with the durability.

Image Example:

Leopard/Whitetail Antler Knife

Mocha Rust

Knives using this option:

  • 8 Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Ocean Blue Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak Hammer Forged Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Acrylic Handle (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged Acrylic Burl Handle (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)
  • Custom Sport Knife 19 (Out of stock)
  • Double Edge Custom Fillet Knife (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

The burl of a tree is essentially a growth that sticks out from the trunk of the tree that when cut can give you beautiful one-of-a-kind patterns that make it a popular choice for knife handles.

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Image Example:

Maple Burl Knife Handle

Pinecone/Blue Acrylic

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer forged Pinecone Handle (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Pinecone Handles (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Pinecone/Clear Acrylic

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Pinecone/Clear Blue Acrylic

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Pinecone/Green Acrylic

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Pinecone/Silver Metallic Acrylic

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Pinecone/White & Black Acrylic

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Pinecone/White Acrylic

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged (Out of stock)
  • Custom Kodiak XL (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Pinecone/Yellow Acrylic

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Red Vein Acrylic/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Kodiak XL Hammer Forged Acrylic Burl Handle (Out of stock)
  • Custom Mackinaw Drop Point Knife (Out of stock)
  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Acrylic has incredible durability which makes it a popular choice for knife handles. It is very weather-resistant and very shatter-resistant. Plus, differant colors can be mixed with acrylic to make unique patterns to give your knife a one-of-a-kind look.

Maple Burls are growths off of the hardwood maple trees which give it beautiful swirly patters and hardness to your knife handle.

Sand Swirl

Knives using this option:

  • 8 Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Solid White

Knives using this option:

  • 8 Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Sorrel

Knives using this option:

  • 8 Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

sorrel is an excellent choice that provides streaks of grays, blacks, and browns to give your knives a unique look.

Teal Steam Punk/Maple Burl

Knives using this option:

  • Custom Royal 7 Clip Point (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Maple Burl is one of the most popular choices for knife handle materials due to its hardness and intricate swirls to give knives a one-of-a-kind look.

Image Example:

Maple Burl Knife Handle

White Marble

Knives using this option:

  • 8 Piece Kitchen Cutlery Set (Out of stock)

Description of Material:

Marble has many unique properties that make it a valuable rock in many different industries. With the hardness of a rock and the classic beauty of marble make it a popular choice for knife handles.

Image Example:

Marble Handle Knife


Zebra Wood

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Zebra Wood is used to describe several tree species and the wood derived from them. Zebrawood is characterized by a striped figure that is reminiscent of a zebra. It is a heavy, hardwood with a somewhat coarse texture, often with an interlocked or wavy grain. The interlocked grain of this wood, like that of many tropical woods, can make it difficult to work with. It is also a decorative exotic wood that is used for beautiful designs.

Image Example:

Zebra Wood Knife

Zebrawood/Whitetail Antler

Knives using this option:

Description of Material:

Zebra Wood has a light brown or cream color with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Depending on whether the wood is flatsawn or quartersawn, the stripes can be either chaotic and wavy (flatsawn), or somewhat uniform (quartersawn). This hardwood is an excellent choice for knife handles due to its durability.

Image Example:

Zebra Wood/Whitetail Antler Knife

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             
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