Wood choices on handles of my carbon steel kitchen knives

I use local hardwoods &  stabilized woods
⇒ Great choices of woods for your handles ~

see ⇒ ” Bitterroot Handle Works” web site

I am out of Manzanita, Mesquite, Padauk.


Photo below represents some of woods in use now.
I am out of Manzanita and very little Padauk.
Eco-harvested Padauk is affordable and available, so if you like
the Orangey hardwood, ask. Color stays over time, BTW.
Click image to enlarge
Below, Left to R – Ash, Stabilized Redwood {$20 per knife}, flamed Sugar Maple,
Padauk, Tiger striped Black Walnut & Manzanita.

I stock local eco – harvested hardwoods. I will sometimes will work with ⇒exotic tropical lumber⇐ but encourage everyone to boycott the purchase of expensive rare tropical woods as they are endangered and sometimes illegally harvested.
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.

Note: photos show some woods that I used in the past, which either might not be available anymore, or might be unique and hard to match. 


Light Colored Raw wood
Light and dark woods now available are as follows:

Light colored woods are Tiger Striped or flamed Maple, Cherry,  Hickory, Yew, figured Ash and Bamboo.

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

Stabilized Wood – done in house.

Dark colored woods are stabilized Redwood {cost $20.00 per knife for ordering clients only}.
To compare, Google stabilized Redwood. Cost is usually more than double what I charge.
Click photo below to see Redwood I am now using. It was harvested off of a giganto ancient stump – 4″ x 8′
x 6′. 


Raw (NON-STABILIZED) dark wood ~ Black Walnut, English Walnut and Claro Walnut.

**Below: quality of the black walnut wood I am currently using.
Price of this walnut is “included” in the price of a kitchen knife.↓

I sometimes will order into my shop raw and stabilized wood when a client wants it. I only work with wood suppliers who show what they are selling. I never order from anyone who who posts a photo and says “what they sell is represented by the photo”. Many do not even mention this, and you get not what was shown in photo but what they send. This never ever works out. This is very decptive. You should know what your buying.
If you want raw or stabilized wood for your order, ask me for details and options and we can work together to get what you want.
I sometimes charge $20 depending on how much work it will take to make this wood ready for a knife handle. But quite often, there is no charge. For example, if we order a piece of wood that needs milling, you will need to absorb extra cost to make this happen. If wood ordered in is in scale form (3/8″-1/2″ thick, 5″ long and 1.5″ wide) then no charge as long as it is plumb flat.


Below- stabilized Redwood on 5″ steak knives – 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).
~click to enlarge~

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