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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:13 pm 
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I've been thinking about this for a while, and wondered if anyone would be interested in starting up a list of materials suppliers for us customizers and makers. Just a listing maybe of reputable folks we've dealt with for getting supplies (wood, horn, bone, etc). I don't really think any of my sources, thus far would classify as "secret" and frankly some of them are just obvious, but I'd like to share anyways. maybe just a link/description/contact info and a bit of a blurb about what we've experienced thus far?

What do the powers that be think? would this end up to much like an advertising thread? I've got no personal stake in any of my sources, but I can see how a list like this could be mis-used if a vendor started advertising themselves.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:16 am 
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i think posting a supplier and rating them would be fine. service, products, etc. prices change too often, so just the knife related products. i have no secret suppliers! :wink: if something is amiss, we'll handle it then.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:46 am 
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sounds good, so I'll start off with folk's I've used and had good luck with:


AKS or Alpha Knife Suppy -http://alphaknifesupply.com/- I've bought a lot of stabilized wood and some stab antler from them. Great site, nice that you can select the exact piece you want from their inventory. Wonderful people to talk to, I've spoken with probably the whole family at this point. They frequently update the inventory with possibly the best pictures of any supplier anywhere.

Ebay seller: Tomsheart - http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/tomsheart - Usually only lists 10-20 stabilized (or plasticized) wood blocks at a time, but you can tell they take alot of pride in picking them. I've never got a bad block, stabilization is top notch, and the wood is almost always premier stuff (like the sycamore lace I use frequently). Fantastic to deal with.

Ebay Seller: theresa28bass - I think this may be the ebay account for some of the folks at Amherst cutlery, as I've ordered stag from them (very nice stag too) and it showed up with an Amherst cutlery invoice. Wonderful people to deal with

Ebay Seller: fine_turnage_productions - http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/fine_turnage_productions - I think most people who've worked with ivory at some point are probably familiar with Charles Turnage. If your looking for small blocks of ivory or bone, he's a great resource. rarely have prices gotten high for me on the blocks I've won.

Elen Hunting - http://www.elenhunting.com/ - Stag. fantastic stag. They carry some of the african game antlers, and one of the only places I've seen red deer stag available online too, which is a nice change if your looking for it. The way the site is setup you can select from individual pieces.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:31 am 
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There are so many good vendors out there! Maybe I should start a list at home and post it later. Not only that but also but what you buy from that vendor.

At Alpha Knife Supply I buy Cold Rolled Annealed 410 stainless steel rods for pinstock and flat sheet 410 SS .125 to .187 (only place I've seen selling 410 SS rods 1/16, 3/32, and 1/8 inch and they plan to carry up to 1/4 inch) and 6AL/4V Titanium is good to buy. I use their email sales messages and clearance page extensively. I buy stag occasionally.

However for 410 stainless steel liners I use Admiral Steel for .040 410 SS because the price is $28.83 for 12in x 12in x 36in. Hard to beat that price, the shipping is not always great though.

I also use Tracy Mickleys site for supplies. USA Knife Maker Supply http://www.usaknifemaker.com

I use Elen Hunting for the very large size pearl scales and I use Culpeppers also for pearl, small pieces of mosaic abalone and jigged bone. I will use Masecraft for recon - thickness cut to order and I will buy Green and Paua Abalone by the .125 inch sheet.

I used to use Tomsheart, but I now stabilize my own woods at WSSI that I buy. A 5 oz block costs around $4.00 - $5.00 to stabilize including shipping both ways if I'm shipping at least 10 LBS. So - it ends up being half price.

Ok, I need to make a list. I use different sites for different types of supplies.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:48 am 
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100% agreement about fine_turnage_productions . great guy ,friendly and fast service.
here are a few othets that I've had good dealings with.
http://www.masecraftsupply.com/ scales.
http://originalpierce.com/ custom scrimshaw work
http://www.kovalknives.com/ aka jantz ... every thing.
http://www.trugrit.com/ every thing
http://www.alabamadamascussteel.com/servlet/StoreFront also on ebay . damascus billets
http://www.knifeandgun.com/ every thing.
http://stores.ebay.com/PremiumKnifeSupply scales , pin stock , mosaic pins and blanks for beginners.
http://gbrannon.bizhat.com/old.htm info , info and more info
http://stores.ebay.com/Poor-Boy-Blacksmith-Tools propane forges and tools

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:45 am 
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Great sources so far.

Here are my favorites:

USA Knife Maker Supply - All knife making supplies
http://usaknifemaker.com/store/
Tracy Mickley’s Site. Nice guy, very helpful! Operated by a knifemaker for knifemakers

That Burley Guy – The source for high end exotic hardwoods & burl
email: burly1@gmail.com On eBay-- theburly1
Gerald Pygott (503) 510-9532
My favorite place to buy wood & burl.
Web site should be operational by end of January.


Gilmer Wood -Exotic woods
http://www.gilmerwood.com/
My second favorite source of wood. $100 min if ordering on the web


Jantz Supply - All knife making supplies
http://www.jantzsupply.com/index.html
Nice folks to deal with. Seem to have everything.

Culpepper & Co -Jigged bone, stag, Mother of Pearl, abalone
http://motherofpearl.net/
Great folks here.

Tru Grit Inc -All sort of knife making supplies
http://www.trugrit.com/
Great assortment of sanding belts.

Texas Knifemaker’s Supply - All knife making supplies
http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/index.php


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:42 pm 
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Most of mine have already been told. Jantz, K&G, Texas Knife supply, Admiral Steel.

Check out Sheffield's Knife Supply in Florida. They have a webpage and you can download their catalog, but you have to call to order. No online ordering with them. But they have some good prices and have been in the business for many years.

Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply
1-800-874-7007
www.sheffieldsupply.com

Don't know if the link works, but you can copy and paste if it don't. I ain't too smart with computers.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:34 pm 
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Culpepper & Co -Jigged bone, stag, Mother of Pearl, abalone
http://motherofpearl.net/
Great folks here.


I dealt with them twice about six years ago.
First purchase was flawless.
Second time was a nightmare. ordered six sets of corn cob jigged bone and specified
NO SUBSTITUTIONS. They were out of corn cob so they sent six sets of wormgrove in
the wrong colors and smaller sizes.
The would nor offer a refund until I sent back their mistakes at my expense .
Took 3 1/2 months to get a refund and they had the nerve to charge a restocking fee.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:59 pm 
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Bummer.
I have never had a problem with them, but I understand there was a merger of some sort a couple years ago. It may not be the same people you dealt with before.
I always call ahead to verify stock because they told me their web site is very inaccurate and never up to date.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:45 pm 
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orvet wrote:
Bummer.
I have never had a problem with them, but I understand there was a merger of some sort a couple years ago. It may not be the same people you dealt with before.
I always call ahead to verify stock because they told me their web site is very inaccurate and never up to date.

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My experiences have been the same as yours Dale! ::tu:: ::tu::

They are growing rapidly and moved to new quarters a couple years ago. My experiences have been PERFECT with Culpepper and that is about a dozen transactions or more over the last few years.

I never buy any steel from Jantz, Texas Knife Makers Supply, or K&G - ANYMORE :oops: . Here is a reason why from a recent email I sent regarding .040 410 Stainless Steel Sheet Stock.

For 410 SS liners (.040) I found Admiral Steel has a great price. (they sell .032, .040, .050, and .062) The .040 is $28.83 for .040 x 12 x 36. From Jantz you would pay $64.56 (6 sheets at $10.76 of .040 x 6 x 12) to get the same in square inches. From Texas Knifemakers Supply you would pay $77.70 to get the same in square inches (6 sheets at $12.95 of .040 x 6 x 12). From K&G it would cost $36.00 (3 sheets at $12.00 of .040 x 12 x 12).

So for the EXACT same thing - 432 square inches of .040 410 Stainless Steel Sheet Stock you pay:

Admiral....$28.83
K&G.........$36.00
Jantz.......$64.56
TKS.........$77.70


I have TWO 3 ft sheets of .040 coming from Admiral and the cost was ~ $65.00 (I have some O-1 coming also). The same .040 from Texas knife would cost me ~ $165.00, about $100 MORE! :shock:

I comparison shop for just about everything and factor in shipping - I have not looked at Sheffied - YET. You can bet that I will. ::nod:: ::nod::

We will not agree on everything but we should be able to locate enough places to save some SERIOUS CASH! ::ds:: That's my focus and I hope others feel the same. I recently had an order from Alpha Knife Supply take MUCH longer than it should have. I just got it yesterday, but I won't say how long it took - I think Chuck may be embarrassed - but occassionaly something will happen. They still have my business and recommendation - it's out of the ordinary for them and also true of most vendors that want our business.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:42 pm 
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100% agreement about fine_turnage_productions . great guy ,friendly and fast service.
here are a few othets that I've had good dealings with.
http://www.masecraftsupply.com/ scales.
http://originalpierce.com/ custom scrimshaw work
http://www.kovalknives.com/ aka jantz ... every thing.
http://www.trugrit.com/ every thing
http://www.alabamadamascussteel.com/servlet/StoreFront also on ebay . damascus billets
http://www.knifeandgun.com/ every thing.
http://stores.ebay.com/PremiumKnifeSupply scales , pin stock , mosaic pins and blanks for beginners.
http://gbrannon.bizhat.com/old.htm info , info and more info
http://stores.ebay.com/Poor-Boy-Blacksmith-Tools propane forges and tools

Holy moly,I got dizzy trying to look at all this stuff.Especially this http://gbrannon.bizhat.com/old.htm Thanks for posting!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:43 pm 
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I only have a couple and see they have already been listed. Adam... Excellent idea and great resource. Mark


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:58 am 
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Does anyone know where to get the soft yellow plastic material like yellow Case, old Schrade Warner and other knives are made of? Seems like all anyone has is acrylic, bone and wood...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:56 pm 
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Good luck Danny. I tried chasing down some yellow Delrin only to find out that it is molded into place as the knives are being made. The only Delrin I could find was "natural" and it looks more of an ivory color.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:13 am 
I have access to antlers. If anybody wanted to buy some, I'm up for it, personally I'd rather do a trade for any knife because I like all knives. If interested pm me. Oh and sorry for hijacking thread... I like Sheffield they have pretty good customerservice


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