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Forum topic by WoodenDreams posted 10-18-2020 01:09 AM 1068 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2020 01:09 AM

I don’t normally work with knives. A friend dropped off three knives to get sharpened. One has a cracked plastic handle and would like to have the handle replaced. Has a through tang which a metal end cap tightens down the handle and finger guard. No epoxy used in the handle. He’s not particular on the type of wood for the handle. So, I’d like to use some scraps I have on hand for this. I’m thinking hickory or white oak if not mahogany. What’s your opinion on the advantages between the three woods. Oops, got the picture upsidedown.


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#1 posted 10-18-2020 02:59 AM

Hickory is very hard and shock-resistant. Good for knife scales. But not rot-resistant if it’s going into a tackle box or some place wet.

All three of your choices are ring-porous though, so you may want to grain-fill.

Wood Database is your friend for questions like this.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 10-18-2020 04:10 AM

Hickory is good enough for hammers. But i’d personally probably do white oak and then ebonize it. White oak ebonizes well and resists water. I would ebonize, clear grain fill, then finish.

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#3 posted 10-18-2020 07:40 AM

Thank you Dave and SMP for the info. This gives me enough to go on Thanks. He has separate knives for fishing use. This is one of the knives he packs when hunting.

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#4 posted 10-18-2020 01:39 PM

If you’re going to grain fill, you might want to try various colors on a scrap. You can get totally different looks that way. And show us what you come up with!

Good luck!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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