Mesquite wood

Randy Lucius

Well-Known Member
Anyone ever use mesquite on a knife handle? It seems pretty hard and the piece I’ve got has some nice coloration.
I’ve used it on bolsters and like it very much. I would probably stabilize it before using it. May not need it but wouldn’t hurt.
 

fitzo

KNIFE MAKER
I'd ask K&G whether it will accept much stabilizer. Robert Hensarling supplied me with mesquite that I attempted to vacuum/pressure impregnate with the flavor of the day home stabilizer in the later '90s, Nelsonite. As thin as it is, I couldn't get that mesquite to accept any noticeable amount of solution.

It certainly can be pretty wood when figured. Dense. Watch the dust.
 

Kev

Well-Known Member
I've made knives with it. I used it unstabilized and would not hesitate to do so again.

It worked and sanded fine with no issues.

Here is one:

Is that burl? I don’t even know if mesquite will do that? The piece I have is much straighter grained.
 

J. Doyle

Dealer - Purveyor
Is that burl? I don’t even know if mesquite will do that? The piece I have is much straighter grained.
I don't think it was burl...just highly figured. I would think any wood is capable of producing burl/highly figured grain.
 

Gliden07

Well-Known Member
That stuff seems super tuff like Ironwood but not as oily/gummy? Worse case you could always make some BBQ if it didn't work! LOL!
 

jkf96a

Well-Known Member
I use mesquite quite often. I tend to send out for stabilization, but have used it unstabilized alot of times as well without complaint.

I will say that there are several varieties. The redder stuff is harder than the tan stuff.
 
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