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Ipe As A Knife Handle Material

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by Wishalot, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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    Info. please. I have used ipe backed with bamboo recently for a traditional longbow build. It is a heavy wood, very dense and needed the proper glue. I would appreciate any suggestions from those on the forum who have used this material as a knife handle - the benefits, problems, etc,. I cut this stuff usually by hand since the dust apparently can be toxic.
     
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    Wishalot New Member

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    Sorry, Rookie mistake. Could I ask the convenor to move this thread to knife handle materials which I have now just observed. Thank you
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I have not used ipe as handle material, but I know it to be incredibly hard (and hard on saw blades). It would make a very durable knife handle. It seems to me that every piece of ipe I have looked at seemed to be a little on the boring side, that is very little figure and mostly straight grained.
     
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    Wishalot New Member

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    You are correct about it being boring. I guess because it I have it here and it is rugged, dark brown, and should require little finish work, I thought it might be worth a try. With the bow, it was all work with farrier's rasp, wood files, scraper and even a small drawknife to get it to a bow. I likely will give it a go sometime as a knife handle, however for now, I will get my first one, this hickory handled knife completed and see what I have.
     
  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    For sure. I would have no problem finding a use for some ipe. I hear people calling it "Nature's Micarta" which we all know is pretty tough stuff.
     
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