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First Aid Kit
Failure To Use Common Sense Kit. Yes, I'm talking about safety again. Sorry to be a nag, but it's important. Actually I don't sell these, but if you choose to proceed in this hobby without using common sense, you better have several of these First Aid kits on hand. Includes a card with "911" printed on it in case you forget the phone number.
Exotic Hardwood Slabs
I anticipate that this first section of exotic wood for handles will change as often as my inventory does. Since this is a natural product, every shipment I get in is different than the last. I'll always try to give you a picture from the current batch so you get a good representation of what I'm selling. Even so, there will always be some variations. The scales you receive will be lighter in color and won't look like the pictures until some sort of clear finish is applied. As a matter of fact, many times the burl wood patterns will appear hard to see until the color is darkened with a clear finish. If you're in a hurry to see what it's doing to look like, wet the scales with a spray of denatured alcohol ( a water spray would promote warping).  I cut a lot of my own scales and will always try to "book match", i.e make sure that the cut pieces are adjoining cuts so the grain is consistent and both halves match.  Scales are a little different every time I cut them but will be a minimum
3/8" thick  x 1  1/2" x 5 " unless otherwise noted
Cocobolo: heavy, oily wood that has long been the favorite of knifemakers  and pistol grip manufacturers.  Usually a dark chocolate brown to dark reddish brown with darker or lighter streaks in it. Only needs wax for a finish . Make sure your tools are sharp and that you wear a dust mask !   Pair  NCKCOCOS-PR $ 7.50
Black Palm knife scales Black Palm: Light brown with small random black streaks provides a unique mini-leopard type of pattern. A medium hard wood. Pair

NCKBPALM-PR $ 7.00
Lacewood: A unique reddish brown color with a "snakeskin" pattern of cream colored spots of various sizes. Very unusual in appearance.  A medium hard wood that works easily and looks great with an oil finish. Pair  NCKLACES-PR $ 6.00
Bocote wood knife scales Bocote   A medium hard wood that works easily and finishes nicely . Medium to dark brown with random darker stripes.  Pair  NCKBOCOTE-PR $ 7.25
Zebrawood: Light cream  in color with chocolate colored stripes. A hard, heavy wood, sometimes coarse. I recommend that this be filled and sealed for the best finish. Pair NCKZEBRS-PR $ 6.00
Purpleheart: Yes, it's purple. Hard and heavy with an extremely uniform grain. It actually starts out as a dull brown but turns  to a royal purple with exposure to air. Pair NCKPURPS-PR $ 6.50
 Maple Burl: I see a huge variation in every scale I cut, even from the same block, but they are all incredibly beautiful. Varies from a cream color with swirls and eyes of rust color to a medium mottled or striped orange brown.  Expensive because of the amount of waste encountered when I cut them, but very worth every penny for a unique look. Pair NCKMABURLS-PR $ 7.50
Tiger Striped Maple: The name says it all. Very strong and stable witha beautiful striped pattern. Looks great with a natural finish and a light stain makes the contrast stand out even more. Pair. See finishing note below NCKMAPL-TIGER-PR $ 7.50
Teak scales for knife handles  Teak.  Light brown with occasional streaks, medium hardness. Well known for it's weather resistance; great choice for handles that are going to be used outdoors a lot or in constant  wet, sloppy conditions. NCKTEAKS-PR $ 6.75
Bloodwood. Not named for my experience with working this wood with power tools. Rich reddish brown tending towards red. Some brownish streaks that may stray into an orange color. Dense and hard. Pair NCKBLOODS-PR $ 6.00
Ebony: Very dense, very hard,very heavy.  Basically pretty black with an occassional swirl or streak streak of a lighter brown. One coat of sealer should be plenty. May be 4 1/2" long.Pair NCKEBONYS-PR $  14.00
Rosewood: A rich  light tan  to dark reddish brown with occassional darker brown  streaks.  Botanically related to Cocobolo. Often used in fine instruments like violins.  Oil finish  is nice. Pair NCKROSES-PR $ 6.50
Walnut : Rich, simple and elegant, gunstock grade black walnut.  Uniform medium to dark brown. Pair NCKWALNTS-PR $ 5.50
Notes on Tiger Maple:  Many people have asked mw how to accentuate the stripes on their tiger maple handles to make them as beautiful as the ones they see at the knife shows. This is actually a multi step process, not just sanding and applying a stain,  but I did find a good YouTube video that will show you how.  Click HERE
Exotic Hardwood Blocks
Perfect for hidden tang  knives or any of the Finnish blades  . Minimum size supplied will be 1 1/2" x 1" x 5"  . See descriptions above.
Cocobolo:   Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCKCOCO-BLOCK $8.00
Bloodwood:    Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCKBLOOD-BLOCK $6.00
Maple Burl:    Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCKMAPBRL-BLOCK $8.50
Purpleheart:   Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCKPURPLE-BLOCK $6.00
Bocote:   Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCKBOCOTE-BLOCK $7.75
Maple, Tiger Striped block for hidden tang knives NCKMAPLTIGER-BLOCK $ 7.50
Zebrawood:  Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCKZEBRA-BLOCK $5.50
Walnut: Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCKWALNT-BLOCK $ 6.00
Ebony:  Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCK-EBONY-BLOCK $ 14.00
Rosewood:  Solid wood block for hidden tang knife NCK-ROSEWOOD-BLOCK $6.00
Black Palm: Solid wood block for hidden tang knife: NCK-BPALM-BLOCK $7.00
 
NEW:  Warwood ( Formerly called Fauxcarta)
Similar in many ways to Micarta, Warwood ( sometimes called Fauxcarta)  is the latest hi tech product to enter the custom knifemaker industry. Made from corn polymers mixed with natural resins and plant colors ( no petroleum products ! ) , this extremely strong material was originally developed for the military for use on MRAP vehicles, and was used with titanium sheets on the undersides of military vehicles to act as an anti-magnetic armor.. It is food safe and A fire rated, it is non-toxic unlike Micarta or G-10 ( although, just as with any dust, you should still wear a mask of some kind). It works well with ordinary wood working tools and polishes up nicely.  Sold as a pair of 1 1/2" x 5" scales is various thicknesses.
Fauxcarta knife scales 
fauxcarta knife scales rosewood
Dark Gray Fauxcarta, 1/4" thick, pair NCK-FAUX-DGRAY14 $6.00
Dark Green Fauxcarta, 1/4" thick, pair NCK-FAUX-DGREN14 $6.00
Milk Chocolate Fauxcarta, 1/4" thick, pair NCK-FAUX-MCHOC14 $6.00
Wine Fauxcarta, 3/8" thick, pair NCK-FAUX-WINE38 $9.00
Dark Gray Fauxcarta, 3/8" thick, pair NCK-FAUX-DGRAY38 $9.00
Milk Chocolate Fauxcarta, 1/2" thick, pair NCK-FAUX-MCHOC12 $10.00
NEW: Rosewood Fauxcarta, 1/2" thick, pair NCK-FAUX-ROSEW12 $9.00
Micarta
Micarta has always been popular for knife handles due to it's durability ( resistant to heat, cold, acids, oils, moisture, impact and alien death rays)  , ease of working in the shop and , of course, it's sleek and efficient, no-nonsense appearance. Shape and sand with the tools you already have but be careful not to stain it ( especially the Ivory ) with the buff and buffing compound. All are 3/8" thick , although the Maroon Linen Micarta is also available in a 1/4" thickness



Olive Canvas Micarta

Black Linen Micarta  Scales  3/8" x 1 1/2" x 10"     NCKMIC-BLS $7.50
Black Paper Micarta  Scales  3/8" x 1 1/2" x 10" NCKMIC-BLP $6.00
Ivory Paper Micarta Scales  3/8" x 1 1/2" x 10" NCKMIC-IVP $11.00
Maroon Linen Micarta Scales  1/4" x 1 1/2" x 10"  NCKMIC-MAROON-1/4 $ 7.75
Maroon Linen Micarta Scales  3/8" x 1 1/2" x 10"  NCKMIC-MAROON $ 11.75

Red Linen  Micarta Scales  3/8" x 1 1/2" x 10"   NCKMIC-RED $9.50
Olive Canvas  Micarta Scales  3/8" x 1 1/2" x 10"     NCKMIC-OLIVE $9.50
Corian
I  have long considered Corian to be the ideal knife handle material. It's easy to work with ( use your normal woodworking tools), attractive , durable , and impervious to alien death rays.  Polishes up beautifully and is very dishwasher safe. Unfortunately, the common gray and tan granite finishes that have been so popular do not, in my opinion, make nice looking handles. The colors I show here  are the harder to find solid colors. The red, yellow or orange can be used for high visibility handles, while the camouflage will do the opposite.  The black and white handles will always look classy and the bone color gives you a classic look without the temperamental results.  Faux Ivory is a warmer (one of my customers said "buttery") light tan color.  Scales are 5" x 1 1/2" x 1/2"  ( or 1/4" )  thick and sold in pairs
Corian Knife handles 



Corian Navy Knife Scales


Faux ivory knife handles
Pink Corian Knife Scales
Corian scales, White, Pair,  NCKCOR-WHITE $ 5.50
Corian scales, Black, Pair
NCKCOR-BLACK $ 5.50
Corian scales, Bone, Pair
NCKCOR-BONE $ 5.50
Corian scales, Red, Pair NCKCOR-RED $ 5.50
Corian scales, Yellow, Pair NCKCOR-YELLOW $ 5.50
Corian scales, Camoflage, Pair NCKCOR-CAMO $ 5.50
Corian scales, Sand, Pair NCKCOR-SAND $ 5.50
 Corian scales, Orange, Pair NCKCOR-ORANGE $ 5.50
Corian scales, Bone, Pair ( 1/4" thick) NCKCOR-BONE-1/4 $ 5.00
Corian scales, Black, Pair ( 1/4" thick) NCKCOR-BLACK-1/4 $ 5.00
Corian scales, White, Pair ( 1/4" thick) NCKCOR-WHT-1/4 $ 5.00
Corian scales, Navy, Pair  NEW! NCKCOR-NAVY $ 5.50
Faux Ivory ( Not Corian but a similar product developed for the medical industry) NCK-FIVORY  $ 8.75 
Pink NCKCOR-PINK $ 5.50
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NEW! The hot and popular new handle material: Rubber! Recently shown at the 2007 Knifemakers Guild Show high impact cutting demonstration by several of the top contestants. ( They called their handles horse stall mat because that's what they were cut from. This is the same material without the parallel grooves cut into horse stall mat for water run off).   If you're going to use your knife hard, day in and day out,  this is the knife handle material to choose. Slip resistant in the cold and wet, and provides a comfortable feeling cushion that will prevent your hand from getting fatigued. I just made a fillet knife with this stuff just to try it out, and was amazed at the difference. Can be worked with your normal tools and if you use your belt sander, it has the added benefit of cleaning your belt.  Supplied as a pair of 5" x 1 1/2" x 3/8" thick
Notes: For a rubber to metal bond ( full tang knives) use epoxy, black reinforced super glue or a polyurethane glue like Gorilla Glue. For a rubber to rubber bond ( if you're gluing two pieces up for a partial tang knife) use a good, industrial strength contact cement. Want to see some ideas? Click HERE 
  Rubber Scales, Pair NCK-RBR-PR $4.90
Dymondwood
One of the most durable, stable and moisture resistant handle materials available. Dymondwood is composed of multiple thin layers of wood , dyed and impregnated with resins under high pressure. Colors are deep and vibrant. For full tang knives, these slabs are provided in 3/8" x 1 1/2" x 10" pieces.  The ebony Dymondwood is made from actual thin veneers of real ebony and is very black!

Ebony Dymondwood
Walnut  (A) NCK-DYM-WALN $ 6.50
Winewood (B) NCK-DYM-WINE $ 6.50
Chestnut  (C) NCK-DYM-CHEST $ 6.50
Silver Black (D) NCK-DYM-SILBLK $ 6.50
Turquoise (E) NCK-DYM-TURQ $ 6.50
Indigo (F)
 
NCK-DYM-INDG $ 6.50
Cocobolo (G) NCK-DYM-COCO $ 6.50
Emerald (H) NCK-DYM-EMRLD $ 6.50
Rasberry (I) NCK-DYM-RASB $ 6.50
Rosewood Burgundy (J) NCK-DYM-ROSE $ 6.50
Fuscia (K) NCK-DYM-FUSCIA $ 6.50
Zebra (L) NCK-DYM-ZEBRA $ 6.50
Ebony (M)   NCK-DYM-EBONY $29.00
Impala Horn 
Jigged from buffalo horn to duplicate the look of Impala horn, these scales add a unique and beautiful look to any of your projects. Imistag, 
5” x 1-1/2” x 3/8”   pair NCKIH512 $12.50
     
Leather Handle Spacers
Perfect for stacked leather handles used on hidden tang knives to make a comfortable non-slip grip. Can be shaped on a belt sander after stacking for custom shape and fit. After that, finish them as you would any leather product. Oil finish such as Neatsfoot is recommended. A package of 8 is equal to about a 1" thickness.  Each is 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 1/8" thick and has a 1/2" x 7/32" slot.
Leather Washers, Pkg 8
NCK-LEATH-WASH $ 2.00
Note :To see the tutorial on working with stacked leather washers, please click HERE
Stabilized Gemstone Composites
Like natural stone, every piece is beautiful and different. Made of natural crushed stone and a strong resin. Makes spectacular inlays, spacers and accents. I've seen people use it for entire handles but since this stuff is reasonably brittle, I would advise caution and care. Can be worked with normal hand tools. 




jasper gemstone
Dark Turquise   3/16" x 1 1/4" x 4"   Traditional decorative gemstone NCK-DKTURQ $8.50
 Lapis Lazuli     3/16" x 1 1/4" x 4"   Dark blue, spotted with gold NCK-LAPIS $ 8.00
 Light Turquise    3/16" x 1 1/4" x 4"  Light blue green with fools gold veins NCK-LTTURQ $ 8.00
 Jade     3/16" x 1 1/4" x 4"   Deep Green with much texture NCK-JADE $ 8.00
Rhodonite  3/16" x 1 1/4" x 4"   Pink Rose color with  black veins  NCK-RHODONITE $ 8.00
White Turquoise  3/16" x 1 1/4" x 4"   White with black onyx veins NCK-WHITETURQ $ 8.50
Coral  3/16" x 1 1/4" x 4"   Dark Coral Red NCK-CORAL $ 8.00
Jasper: 3/16" x 1 1/4" x 4"   Deep crimson with black veining NCK-JASPER $ 8.50

 

 

 

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