*PLEASE ENSURE YOU PURCHASE A PRE-SALE BLADE FIRST OR IN ADDITION TO THIS LISTING TO ENSURE YOU RESERVE A KNIFE. ANY ORDERS PLACED FOR HANDLE MATERIAL WITHOUT A CORRESPONDING BLADE ORDER WILL HAVE THEIR ORDERS REFUNDED IN FULL.
Your purchase entitles you to a knife handle made from one handle material. PLEASE SELECT ONE HANDLE MATERIAL ONLY.
Each handle will also include a pair of G10 liners (one on each handle side for added durability & stability) and three pins. The handle will be in our signature Western Style. (No WA style or Japanese styled handles are offered in this pre-sale)
We are not currently offering any combinations of materials or added handle accents. (Sorry! We hope to be able to offer that in the future.)Some pictures feature combinations of materials but they are shown only to illustrate the actual handle material options, not necessarily the design you will receive. Again, your knife will be made with ONLY the single material you choose.
Below in blue you can find descriptions of the handle materials offered. Use the drop down menu to make your selection and see pics of the various materials. Some handle materials will incur a premium on top of the price you pay for the blade. You can find a breakdown of the pricing below or by clicking on the item you desire in the drop down menu. Please note that some material has limited supply (mainly the Shokwood scales) so not all choices may be available if quantities run out.
When you are ordering handle materials, specifically with wood and shokwood, each individual piece will vary slightly in terms of figure, color and look. We can not control this specific aspect but we will have you approve a picture(s) of your knife, via email, upon completion and before shipment. If for any reason you are unhappy with the finished product then we will refund your purchase in full.
Please note that the pictures provided showcase the handle material only and may not be representative of the blade shape or steel you have chosen. Remember that all blades in the pre-sale are a satin finish AEB-L stainless steel and will not be etched dark like we commonly do with many of our carbon steels.
The liner (the lining that sandwiches between the tang of the knife and the overall handle material) and pin material will remain our choice, as the makers, to coordinate as we see fit for best overall look.
We will, however, send an email out to confirm all of your order details within 1-2 days of your purchase. At that time if you are firmly set as to what color liner you would like or what type of pins you want (brass, stainless steel, copper, black micarta, etc.) then you can respond to our email and let us know. We will do our best to coordinate the knife according to your wishes. Likewise, if you have a preference for a thinner or thicker handle then let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
BASE HANDLE MATERIALS - NO EXTRA COST
Stabilized Maple Wood (light, blond wood. Many times has wavy or curled figure)
Stabilized American Walnut (rich hues of brown, colors ranging from light milk chocolate to dark chocolate)
Central American Cocobolo wood (not stabilized due to its oily nature, rich reddish brown colors with dark veins weaving throughout the wood)
Teal Blue & White Pearl Kirnite (acrylic based resin product, great durability and ease of maintenance, vivid colors with a hint of shimmering metallic)
Black G10 (The most durable handle material we offer, virtually no maintenance, solid in color with a light gloss finish, made from a fiberglass laminate)
PREMIUM HANDLE MATERIALS - ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY
Shokwood -$40 Add On Fee (a wood/resin hybrid handle, woods are stabilized live edge woods with urethane based resins added, wood type can vary and can be both dark and light. Resin amounts and direction can also vary widely between pieces)
Stabilized Hawaiian Koa - $50.00 Add On Fee (mainly originates from the Hawaiian islands and has beautiful rich brown colors with chatoyant curly figure.)
Stabilized & Dyed Woods - $25 Add On Fee (Woods may vary but dyes usually take best to box elder burl wood, maple wood, mango wood or redwood burl. We can not specify exactly which wood you will receive but we hand pick pieces based on color and figure.)
African Padauk & Spalted Maple - $15 Add-On (African padauk is a beautiful orangey-red color and it slowly deepns over time. Somewhat large pores but very dense and durable. Spalted maple shows many different colors and usually small veins of black spalting. Voids and cracks are sometimes common with spalted wood although the stabilization fluid usually fills all of these small voids.)
Low Figure Ironwood - $20 Add-On Fee (An incredibly dense wood that needs no stabilization. Has hues of rich dark brown and occasionally blond sapwood. Its harder to source and a generally expensive wood which accounts for the cost.)
High Figure Ironwood - $35 Add-On Fee (Highly prized for its intense figure and durability. Has hues of rich dark brown. Its harder to source and a generally expensive wood which accounts for the cost.)
Juma - $15 Add-On Fee (Unique snakeskin pattern that is not always uniform - it blends in and out of the resin at time - but it always tends to be striking in color. Low maintenance and good durability for a resin.)
G10 - Mixed Colors - $10-$15 Add-On Fee (The most durable handle material we offer, virtually no maintenance, solid in color with a light gloss finish, made from a fiberglass laminate. All colors outside of black are higher priced which accounts for the slight up-tick in pricing. Also...lots of tedious sanding on these guys!)
A NOTE ABOUT STABILIZED WOOD:
Wood stabilization is an added feature that we offer with our knives. Most woods benefit from stabilization. (There are a few woods that do not need it, however, including ironwood and cocobolo to name just two. )Wood that is stabilized has been injected with a clear acrylic resin under a vacuum process. Stabilization helps to minimize any cracking, warping, shrinkage and/or expanding of the material. Stabilized wood will absorb very little water and is generally impervious to oils. The process helps to ensure your knife has a long lifespan in the kitchen. Please be aware, however, that wood is an organic matter, even after stabilization, and it does require maintenance to keep it looking its best. We recommend frequent oiling with mineral oil and or hand rubbed wax coatings to keep the wood in tip-top shape.