Forgiving handle materials

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Forgiving handle materials

Post by Dan In MI » Sat May 14, 2022 12:23 am

This query could have gone in a few different places. Since my intended project is a factory-made knife that doesn't need repair, this seems most appropriate.

This little Bear & Son 109 is a little too gold for my liking. Rather than return it, I figured it was a good candidate for re-handling. However, I've never disassembled a knife, and I haven't done any woodworking since I was a kid. So I'm trying to find a handle material that is relatively forgiving of greenhorn mistakes. Additionally, the little Bear does not have liners, so I'd think the material I'd use should be able to serve as both handle and liner.

Any and all advice is most welcome. Thanks in advance to all!
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Re: Forgiving handle materials

Post by btrwtr » Sat May 14, 2022 12:30 am

Linen micarta might work on it.

Some can be found on eBay.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/14339/i.html?_ ... en+micarta
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Re: Forgiving handle materials

Post by glennbad » Sat May 14, 2022 2:31 am

I would second micarta, or perhaps G-10 also?

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Re: Forgiving handle materials

Post by herbva » Sat May 14, 2022 10:52 am

Either micarta or G10 would be my vote. BUT, after reading about how dangerous G10 can be to work with, I don't use it anymore, and don't recommend that anyone try to use it unless you have a really good respirator and really know what you are doing.
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Re: Forgiving handle materials

Post by Jeffinn » Sat May 14, 2022 12:34 pm

Micarta gets my vote too. It’s hard and durable and forgiving to work with.
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Re: Forgiving handle materials

Post by Dan In MI » Sat May 14, 2022 3:17 pm

G-10 was one of my initial thoughts, but I'll need to do some additional research into its pitfalls. Looks like Micarta might be the way to go. Thanks to all for the input!
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