NOTICE OF RETIREMENT: As of 2021, I am no longer taking orders for new custom knives or custom knife repair and conversions. For those of you who would still like one of my custom knives, I do have a few "On Hand", that can be shipped out ASAP. You should find the info and photos of them under the "Knives For Sale" section.  These remaining knives will be discounted by 30%, until they are all gone.
Thank you for your support over the years.  - Jay Maines

Handle Spacers and Liners

These sheets of vulcanized, colorfast, fiber material were developed as an insulating material for electrical uses. Available in rust, black, red, white and in royal blue. Custom knife makers use them to add color and contrast, behind guards (called spacers) and under handle scales (called liners).

Other materials are used as handle spacers, they can be thick or thin, man-made or natural. Thin sheets of brass or stainless steel, when stacked between layers of colored fiber, can add to the dramatic effect on the handle of a well made knife. The photo below of my Texas Ranger Saddle Bowie, shows the use of other types of spacers. Here I used two different composite gemstones, dark blue lapis lazuli and light blue turquoise; with a one inch section of black Water Buffalo horn to seperate them, they all come together to add color and contrast to this handle of sambar stag crown horn.

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