My pocket knife of the last seven years needed a new grip. The blue Neoprene inserts in the handle to help with grip had begun to breakdown. When I would reach into my pocket, if my nails brushed against the Neoprene I'd end up with blue stuff under my nails. This didn't happen when my knife was new. In fact it didn't really start until last year. Anyway this told me it was time for new grips. Originally I was going to replace them with wood. But then the Sugru
contest came up and this seemed to be the perfect use for it.
I wanted to do something a little different than just plain Sugru though. So I attempted to embed a pattern and fill it with another color of Sugru. There was some slight distortion so the bear ended up looking a little bit like a beast from one of those highly speculative Discovery Channel specials on pre-historic animals. But overall I was happy with the result.