Anyone making micarta?

Kev

Well-Known Member
I’ve got some material that is somewhat sentimental and I’d like it turned into micarta to use on some special knives.
If your a maker or know someone, let me know.
 
micarta is a name brand that basically no one can replicate. However I've had great luck making homemade "micarta" using fiberglass resin. Do a you tube search and you'll find TONS of info.

My most popular knife scale is home made blue jean "micarta" I have also made knife scales from a deceased persons favorite shirt and made it in "micarta". I've personally made kitchen knives that are used daily in my home that shows no sign of wear! Do a search of youtube and you'll get tons of results.
 
Last edited:

Kev

Well-Known Member
micarta is a name brand that basically no one can replicate. However I've had great luck making homemade "micarta" using fiberglass resin. Do a you tube search and you'll find TONS of info.

My most popular knife scale is home made blue jean "micarta" I have also made knife scales from a deceased persons favorite shirt and made it in "micarta". I've personally made kitchen knives that are used daily in my home that shows no sign of wear! Do a search of youtube and you'll get tons of results.
I didn’t realize it was a brand name, my bad.
I have made some before, with various degrees of success. Honestly I was hoping someone who has made lots of it with lots of success would step in. I just don’t want to mess it up. I’ll only get one shot at it.
 

BossDog

KnifeDogs.com & USAknifemaker.com Owner
Staff member
Are you using vacuum or a press to make it?
What resin are you using?
 

Bill Hubbell

KNIFE MAKER
I see this is an old thread, but it caught my eye this morning.
Kev- I hope you found someone to help you out with the nostalgic 'micarta' so you could complete that special knife (did you?).

On a similar note, even with all of the drawbacks associated with mystery metals, I often cross that line to utilize something that has a special meaning when incorporated into a knife. Such as: a spike knife for my middle son who is with Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad...and a horseshoe knife for my son-in-law who has a cowboy side...a 'file knife' with stag handle from the first deer my oldest shot while we hunted together in '96 (first knife I made), a large Tanto for my youngest son, with 'micarta' handles made with burlap from a construction job-site (he does concrete).

And, now I'm working on a knife for my brother-in-law, that started as apiece of coil spring from his and his son's race car. He had a very special dog (Daisy) that passed away a few years ago. When I 'threw it out there' that we could possibly do micarta scales if he had anything nostalgic, such as a special article of clothing or something from someone special, or something like that, he came up with a leash and collar from Daisy. So, you guessed it- I now have two slabs of 'micarta' from Daisy's old leash and collar. Need to get the knife finished one of these days and get it to him...

I guess that's why this thread drew my attention.
I would love to see pics of that knife you were working on if you were able to get it done- and if you haven't, I would encourage you to get back to the vision you had if possible!

Nostalgia and sentiment can be a good thing in moderation! ;)

Bill
 

Kev

Well-Known Member
I have not finished it yet. However I plan to soon. I couldn’t locate anyone that was willing to take in the project, so I set out to do it myself. So far, so good. I’ve done a series of layups with different materials, and some similar to the goal material. I plan on doing it soon and I’ll be sure to post pictures.
 
Top