Composites VS Plastics VS Wood VS Metal VS Antler

I've been paying small amounts of attention to making a cheap, simple composite material recently (it's on my to-do list, like 17th place) and thought i could use everyone's opinion: What IS the best material to make a knife handle from? Could it be a simple Nylon block, for its longevity, The latest Composite, or Micarta? Maybe Wood? what kind? how hard? what colour? Metal, for people like myself, who like Integrals Or for that old-world charm: Antler or Bone? All posts welcome. V

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triumphman5 years ago
I recently replaced a plastic handle on a big Mountan Man Bowie with a nice antler piece. I drilled out a perfect hole for the tang with my trusty Dremel. Then I used JB weld to make it stay on permanently. And oh yes there is a nice brass pin through it too. See attached pic. Enjoy. Triumphman.
Bowie I made!.JPG
Thrasym5 years ago
Depends on the intended use of the knife.
curvy775 years ago
the best for long term use i think would be a metal grip. however a plastic or composite grip may have a better hold.
Arano7 years ago
i used this for a sword: a core of wood (i used a soft wood but it doesnt matter) and a hemp cord wrapped araund and glued to the core... it feels good and it never will be slippery
This may sound completely gay, but I love para cord wrapped handles.
Thers is nothing wrong 550 cord, and it's very strong.
Not exactly the same prestige as bone or antler though.
Raevun689 years ago
This is one issue myself I have had to deal with many times. In the past my main materials used were wood, and antler. The wood was dark walnut, which has a beautiful look when sanded down to a smooth finish and then treated with a clear oil to make it shine. That was a sword handle that I did and it was for display only so no worries of slippage. I have also used antler as well and it worked nicely. Only thing is with antler in its whole form be sure to watch for crack while fitting your blade if you are doing a hidden tang. Super glue works wonders for stopping and securing the cracks and is almost invisible when sanded. I have also used a burn fitting method with antler but make sure you have a good air flow cause the smell is bad but the fit on the tang is stellar. I have only used hard woods for handles and that is a wide range to work with. Antler is costly in most cases but sometimes you can get lucky and find them at yard sales and the likes or even cheaply on the web. Just my little bit of experience. Hope this helps.
Vendigroth (author) 10 years ago
Personally, i'm a fan of the japanese Tsuka, Wooden core with ray-skin wrap and metal ornaments, wrapped with cord, to make something that's not only functional (its main purpose) but also beautiful.
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