When it comes to purchasing a knife, the handle is just as important as the blade. The handle provides the grip and control needed to make precise cuts, and it is important to choose the right handle material to suit your needs. In this article, we will explore the different types of handle materials for knives.
Wood Handle Material
Wooden handles are a classic choice for knives. They are durable and provide a comfortable grip. Different types of wood can be used for knife handles, such as walnut, ebony, and cocobolo. Wood handles are typically treated with oil or wax to protect them from moisture and wear. Depending on the species of wood you are looking to use, it is recommended that the wood is stabilized. This prolongs the longevity of the wood by impregnating the wood with resin. The harder the wood or the more oily a wood is the less of a need for stabilizing is needed.
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Bone Handle Material
Bone handles are another popular option for knives. They are lightweight and provide a unique aesthetic. Bone can come from a variety of animals, such as buffalo, elk, and mammoth. Bone handles are typically polished to a smooth finish and can be dyed or etched for a more decorative look.
Composite Handle Material
Composite handles are made from a combination of materials, such as fiberglass and resin. They are lightweight and durable, making them a popular choice for outdoor knives. Composite handles can come in a variety of colors and textures, and they are typically resistant to moisture and wear.
Hybrid Handle Material
Hybrid handles provide a modern look for knives by incorporating wood and resin. Commonly live edge woods including burls are used with different color epoxy resins. They are stabilized, colorful, and great for high moisture environments. Due to the multiple color options this creates another aspect of the design process.
Choosing the right handle material for a knife is important for both the functionality and aesthetic of the knife. Whether you prefer a classic wood handle or a modern hybrid handle, there are many options to choose from. Consider your needs and preferences when choosing a handle material to ensure that you get the best knife for your needs.
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