Making synthetic handle material

JJB11B

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#1
I currently make my handles out of a G-10 like material I made in my garage, it consists of layers upon layers of canvas dredged in auto body Fiberglass resin then pressed as tight as I can clamp it. It produces a material that seems durable and can be attractive if properly finished. Does anyone do anything similar? If so what suggestions do you have for me as I am preparing to make a few more pieces. I have 3 more blanks that need handles. DF8572AE-14A9-4DD4-B92A-98479E71ECC7.jpeg
 

EdCaffreyMS

Forum Owner - Moderator
#3
Making it yourself can be a fun project, but it's actually cheaper to just buy it ready made from one of the supply outfits. Generally I buy most of my synthetics from Masecraft supply.

USA Knifemaker supply has some really neat "python" micarta too!
 

JJB11B

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#5
I really want to cast some scales with the Gadsden flag in them maybe I could cast poly resin blanks with a fabric backing and then set the emblem on top then fill with resin? I’m spitballing here
 

soundmind

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#6
I've wanted to do this too, with old jackets and stuff. Now I know what kind of epoxy to use. Only thing though is I've never used micarta or g-10 or anything like that yet. I'd like too though. I want to get away from materials that might move due to moisture.
 

JJB11B

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#8
Making it yourself can be a fun project, but it's actually cheaper to just buy it ready made from one of the supply outfits. Generally I buy most of my synthetics from Masecraft supply.

USA Knifemaker supply has some really neat "python" micarta too!
Their supply of Corby bolts is always slim
 

JJB11B

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#9
Making some burlap micarta for this knife, the handle is modeled after the condor blank and the blade profile is scaled up from my last knife build, using O-1 tool steel, gonna wait to drill holes til I find pin stock 4CC41B0F-FEC1-4F22-9EE1-E88DEF9351FE.jpeg
 

JJB11B

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#15
It is actually in my center console of my pickup, shes been a good blade, I have cleaned some game and a couple hogs with it. and removed carpet from a concrete floor as a torture test. my parents had about 1000SF of carpet in the house they bought a few years ago, I cut it into 6ft wide strips and rolled it up. had to sharpen it when done but she held up.
 

JJB11B

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#16
That's a lot better than my first one!! Do you still have it? Here is one of my first -
I really like that blade profile, I want to make some kitchen knives, I haven't picked my steel for them yet but that knife would make a FANTASTIC camp kitchen utility knife
 
#18
I knew a guy who made burlap micarta for his knives all the time. Nice guy, he made some really nice handles using a lot of resin casting. He did one with acorn tops in blue resin. It was pretty cool. I do like the look of burlap though
 
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