SAMBAR STAG: Imported from India, it’s the most widely used and liked, natural material for knife handles, highly valued for its hardness, density, texture and color. The antlers of both the Sambar and Chital deer are shed annually, then hand picked and processed into handle scales. Mother Nature controls how the antler is shaped, colored and textured. The range being from a rich brown with heavy texture, all the way to the very rare Amber Stag, which is lightly colored with slight texture.
WATER BUFFALO HORN: The very best “select” grades come from India. A beautiful jet black horn, with random streaks of white fiber. This horn mades a very distinctive handle material, that polishes to a high luster.
ASIAN RAMS HORN: An unusual and dramatic handle material, offering a rough textured top surface for a secure grip. After sanding and polishing the handle, its sides become almost clear enough to see the brass pins.
Another example of Asian Rams Horn.
MAMMOTH AND MASTADON IVORY: Frozen in the permafrost of Alaska and Siberia for 10,000 – 20,000 years or more, this ivory makes the ultimate knife handle. The outer surface of the tusks, called “bark” takes on the colors of the ground minerals its been buried in. This process produces the most beautiful blues, greens and browns. Due to its great age, it may have natural stress cracks running through it, which I stabilize so they don’t continue to spread.
MAMMOTH IVORY: A matched set of very rare and expensive blue/green “bark” ivory scales. Cut from a tusk, unearthed in the Siberian area of Russia, and are over 10,000 years old. They were used on the Big Game Skinner, shown in the accompanying photo.
Modern Elephant Ivory
All the elephant, hippo and walrus ivory I offer was imported into the U.S. in the 1960’s & early 1970’s, and has been purchased from estates. Supplies are very limited, but worth the wait. Its great beauty is due to the warm, creamy color, rich grain patterns, and it takes on a natural, lustrous shine.
Warthog Ivory Tusk: A father and son hunting trip to South Africa that netted them a pair of warthog tusks. One was sent to me to use of rate handle on this model #403 Persian Fighter. A short section of the tusk was removed from the back end to help straighten out the curve in the tusk.
For an ebony and ivory theme, a piece of ebony wood was used as a futon spacer and framed with red liner material. A gin finger guard was built for safety, from a solid bar of German silver (nickel silver). A custom fitted, low carry vertical sheath was built from touch, water buffalo hide, to carry the very cool, one-of-a-kind custom knife.