11-11-2014, 03:11 PM
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  • kav
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Name your outrageous handle fantasy.
I recently acquired a Derbyshire Blue John stone bowl at a garage sale and found out it's-EXPENSIVEA47 and my short lived idea of a handle will remain so.
I'm back to fossil ivory with scrimshawRolleyes

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 11-11-2014, 04:01 PM
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  • blzrfn
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I'm not sure it counts as exotic, but I'm a big fan of natural horn handles. I prefer a lot of marbling, but even just the straight black versions just feel really nice in hand.

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 11-11-2014, 05:23 PM
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A consideration with buffalo horn actually is the colour. Black is from the tip and denser than the streaked main body
This is only a consideration when used as very large knife scales ie the 'Parang' family of Southeast Asia and Philipine machetes. Sometimes a change in weather alone can warp blonde horn in thinner applications.

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 11-11-2014, 05:31 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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A Mammoth Ivory Chubby, I can only imagine the ridiculous $$$ for that, but what a cool brush.

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 11-11-2014, 09:35 PM
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(11-11-2014, 05:31 PM)jamesrobson5 Wrote: A Mammoth Ivory Chubby, I can only imagine the ridiculous $$$ for that, but what a cool brush.

I have a Mammoth-bone bridge and nut for one of my acoustic guitars! Biggrin
The luthier said it was the worst material he has worked with because of the odour that is emitted form the bone when cutting/sawing. It smelled up the whole area.

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 11-12-2014, 07:31 PM
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(11-11-2014, 09:35 PM)celestino Wrote:
(11-11-2014, 05:31 PM)jamesrobson5 Wrote: A Mammoth Ivory Chubby, I can only imagine the ridiculous $$$ for that, but what a cool brush.

I have a Mammoth-bone bridge and neck for one of my acoustic guitars! Biggrin
The luthier said it was the worst material he has worked with because of the odour that is emitted form the bone when cutting/sawing. It smelled up the whole area.

Very coolCool! I would love to see a pic, Celestino.Biggrin

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 11-12-2014, 07:41 PM
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(11-12-2014, 07:31 PM)jamesrobson5 Wrote: Very coolCool! I would love to see a pic, Celestino.Biggrin

Let me see what I can do, Jim. However, you won't really distinguish it from any other bone bridge or nut.

By the way, Jim, I meant to say the nut and not the neck! BlushBiggrin

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 11-12-2014, 07:54 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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(11-12-2014, 07:41 PM)celestino Wrote:
(11-12-2014, 07:31 PM)jamesrobson5 Wrote: Very coolCool! I would love to see a pic, Celestino.Biggrin

Let me see what I can do, Jim. However, you won't really distinguish it from any other bone bridge or nut.

By the way, Jim, I meant to say the nut and not the neck! BlushBiggrin

Knowing you and your shaving gear, Celestino, I am sure that it will be a beautiful piece.

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 11-13-2014, 11:10 AM
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(11-12-2014, 07:54 PM)jamesrobson5 Wrote: Knowing you and your shaving gear, Celestino, I am sure that it will be a beautiful piece.

Thank, Jim. I will post a pic, soon. Blush

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 11-13-2014, 11:38 AM
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There's a Cuban hardwood called jiquí that is legendary for just how hard it is. I asked Bob at Elite Razor if he knew anything about it, and he said he'd been offered a piece once by a man he knew who had Cuban connections. Bob asked if it could be reduced into smaller pieces. The man said he didn't have enough chainsaw blades! Bob passed and has since not encountered it.

I still hope to acquire a piece someday, and if I do, I will inquire with our artisans as to whether they can turn a handle.

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 11-14-2014, 05:32 PM
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Saw a gorgeous knife handle made out of fossilized walrus jawbone when I was in Alaska, wouldn't mind a brush handle made out of that...

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 11-14-2014, 08:20 PM
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for me that would easily be japanese urushi lacquer - naturally resistant to water - made by the great mr jihei murase

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 01-07-2015, 11:52 PM
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as bad as it sounds i want an actual ivory handle.. not like a murdered elephant but like what if one has passed away and then they use that ivory..

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 01-08-2015, 03:20 AM
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I've talked to a lot of people who have turned bone and horn handles. Apparently they are very hard and dense, plus stinky. I'll stick to colored resins the crazier the better.

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 01-08-2015, 04:12 AM
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  • mlzettl
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I have turned several handles from elk antler. It actually turned quite easily, and the smell was not all that objectionable. It took a very high polish. I don't have any experience with other types of horn or bone, but I suspect that if they are properly cleaned and dried, they would be similar to the elk antler as far as working properties.

As far as the jiqui that Rory1262 mentioned, an online search of jiqui and its scientific name, Malpighia obovata, resulted in very little information other than it is a Cuban hardwood that is very resistant to moisture. I could not even find other names for it. I would imagine that it is nearly impossible to obtain, as I could find no mention of it having a country of origin other than Cuba.

Matt

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 01-08-2015, 05:23 AM
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Pre Cites genuine ivory Plisson Size 20 HMW...

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 01-08-2015, 06:22 AM
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Insane, a size 20.. that's alot of Ivory!!

But the grain pattern that you've captured to the body simply beautiful! That alone fuels that urge to try to get one, uber luxurious piece Ben! Thx for always sharing the great stuff with us

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 01-08-2015, 07:54 AM
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(01-08-2015, 04:12 AM)mlzettl Wrote: As far as the jiqui that Rory1262 mentioned, an online search of jiqui and its scientific name, Malpighia obovata, resulted in very little information other than it is a Cuban hardwood that is very resistant to moisture. I could not even find other names for it. I would imagine that it is nearly impossible to obtain, as I could find no mention of it having a country of origin other than Cuba.

Matt

Thanks Matt -- I too did an online search. Most of the references I found were many decades old, not just pre-Castro but from the early 20th century or so!

I wrote to the webmaster of a hardwoods information site, who said that the scientific name had been changed/reclassified (I can dig that info up again).

I've seen sculptures in jiquí on online art sites. I have a friend who's looking into getting a chunk for me, but we'll see what happens there.

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 01-08-2015, 09:20 AM
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I think it would a handle turned from a walrus tusk similar to the scrimshaw art pieces from the whaling era.

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 01-08-2015, 12:01 PM
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Rory,

I would be interested to know the current scientific name. I have worked with many exotic woods, and I have heard of most that are available. This one is new to me, and it sounds interesting. If you have seen sculptures made of it, it can't be that hard to work with. After all, it is still wood.Wink

Matt

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Thanks Matt -- I too did an online search. Most of the references I found were many decades old, not just pre-Castro but from the early 20th century or so!

I wrote to the webmaster of a hardwoods information site, who said that the scientific name had been changed/reclassified (I can dig that info up again).

I've seen sculptures in jiquí on online art sites. I have a friend who's looking into getting a chunk for me, but we'll see what happens there.
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(01-08-2015, 09:20 AM)MaxP Wrote: I think it would a handle turned from a walrus tusk similar to the scrimshaw art pieces from the whaling era.

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Now that would be pretty amazing, especially if you could find a scrimshaw artist to do some unique, personalized artwork. Although I have never looked for it, I suspect legal walrus tusk is hard to come by, if you can get it at all.

Matt

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