Wood choice for the handles of my carbon steel kitchen knives

Handle Wood Options

Local hardwoods &  stabilized woods

I stock local eco – harvested hardwoods. I will sometimes work with ⇒exotic tropical lumber⇐ but encourage everyone to boycott the purchase of expensive rare tropical woods.
So if you want a knife with these woods, I might order some in but reserve the right to offer an alternative or refuse to use it.

For an extra charge, I am now creating glued handles using different woods and spacers. They cost $45.00 per knife. Below are photos of newest handle configuration I am offering now. Custom configurations will cost more. Click to enlarge photos.

 Set – 2″ x 8″ and 1″ x 5″ w/ matched ‘melded’ handles – handles cost $45.00 per knife while available. Handles composed of – from the top; Paduak (Pa-duke), white 1/8″ spacer on either side of burled Redwood, then Paduak split with .031 white spacer. Double brass bolsters. Carbon steel. See next slide for close up of handle configuration..

Light and dark woods now available are as follows:

Light colored woods are Tiger Striped or flamed Maple, Madrone Wood, Hickory & Yew.

maple-chatoyance2Maple wood I am using { click shot to enlarge }

Dark colored woods are stabilized Redwood ($5 per knife) , Black Walnut, English Walnut and Claro Walnut, Manzanita and Mesquite.

Below – stabilized Redwood – click photo to enlarge


Below top down; Madrone, Maple, Hickory, Maple and Black Walnut. Current woods as of March 2017.

Below – an example of some in stock woods. Cruise around my site, especially my Home Page, for other photos.
Woods are from left – 2 Hickory, 2 Black Walnut, 2 Maple, 2 Claro Walnut, 1 Madrone, 2 Yew, and two special order Cocobolo (eco-harvested sustainably from S.E. Mexican finca).


Stabilized wood

If you want stabilized wood, I now offer stabilized Redwood for $ 5.00 to ordering clients. This covers the cost of stabilizing the milled Redwood I mail off to the stabilizing company, plus shipping it back and forth.
Redwood I consider dark wood. If you want a different stabilized dark wood, or a light wood then tell me and I can send you some sensible options. There is a charge if I need to deal with ‘out of the shop wood’. Extra cost to you for using of of the shop wood is $20, plus the full cost of the stabilized wood you choose and shipping cost to me. Contact me for current stabilized wood options.

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