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Looking For Non-expensive Synthetic Handle Material

Discussion in 'Canadian Suppliers' started by Alexander Shevchenko, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. Alexander Shevchenko

    Alexander Shevchenko New Member

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    I want to repair few kitchen knives handles and I am looking for a non-expensive material.
    I can see some G10 scales in Amazon, but the price is compared with the knife itself!

    So far I found a good oak bar from Home Depot ($2 for a piece sufficient for 2 full handles), but I would rather use something synthetic because sometimes we wash knives in a a dishwasher. I know it is wrong, but arguing with the wife is worse. I rather buy new knives :)

    If you know a good source of useful materials, please let me know.

    It is my first work with the knives, so I want to start with the right tools and technics.
    Thank you.
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Hi Alexander,

    Synthetics, stabilized wood and some species of hardwoods are very good for kitchen knives.
    G10 and Micarta are great as these don't (under normal circumstances) split, crack or shrink. Economically, a small 5" x 12" sheet is a better choice than pre-cut knife scale sizes. The cost increases with thickness, so it makes sense that 3/8" is more than 1/4". If you only need 1/4" on either side of the tang, then get something in that thickness. You can bump the thickness by stacking two pieces together, so it's handy to have a little 1/8" around to make a layered scale.

    I prefer Micarta to G10 as G10 disagrees with me due to the itch factor. The G means glass.

    For natural wood I 'd recommend dense oily woods like cocobolo, ironwood, or African blackwood. Keep in mind that these kinds of woods will likely be more expensive than a synthetic material of the same volume. Stabilized woods can also be a good choice for kitchen knives, but they come with the added cost of the stabilization process.

    Where to find?
    Not sure if there's a Princess Auto in your neighbourhood.


    If you are looking for lots of variety in patterns and colours, U.S. and overseas vendors are options.

    On last thing to keep in mind for pins. A lot of commercially pressed handles have a rivet where the heads (exposed parts) are wider than the shanks (internal parts). This means the hole in the tang can be made smaller. What looks like a large say 1/4" rivet may actually have an 1/8" hole in the tang when you take the handle apart. Drill the rivets out and see before you pickup any pin stock. As the tang will be hardened steel, it can be arduous to enlarge the pin holes. I have used both carbide burrs and diamond coated burrs for this, but it's still slow going. If you can leave the pin holes alone it's a huge time-saver.

    All the best. Post a pic or two.

  3. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub Active Member

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    I'll second dans comment on the oily woods. I use cocobolo a lot and live the stuff. It looks beautiful, is fairley cheap and polishes up beautifully. With the oily rose woods be carefull when grinding, the dust is a strong irritant. Last year my entire torso broke out in a rash for about a month from grinding wood without protection.
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    a good resource is the Wood-Database for possible heath issues with any wood
  5. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Dan didn’t you have good results with Dymalux? At $23 (at one time on knifemaker.ca) for 5 x 10 x 3/8 the stuff is a bargain!

    I didn’t get on it quick enough to take advantage of Rob’s inventory when it was flush, but another supplier I have dealt with in the states has it, and I will tell you my experience with these guys has been awesome!

    Their main site is here


    and their eBay store is here

  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Yes, Dymalux is good solid material too. Machines easily and polishes well.
    I just received an order from Material Maker Supply. Check out their array of coloured synthetic pin stock.
  7. Lawrence Lake

    Lawrence Lake New Member

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    Maritime Knife supply will have G10 hand material/liners and pin stock hopefully this week. Just waiting on the rest of the boxes to arrive from China.

    dancom likes this.

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