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TEN 10 THIN KILN DRIED SANDED CURLY MAPLE 12 X 3 X 3 8 LUMBER WOOD
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TWO SANDED CURLY MAPLE KNIFE SCALES PISTOL GRIPS WOOD LUMBER
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5 4 Curly Maple Lumber Wood S4S Planed To 1 1 8x775x34
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LARGE CURLY MAPLE BOWL BLANK LUMBER LATHE WOOD TURNING 12 X 12 X 3
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Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 12 AAAA
Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 12 AAAA $9.99 (1 Bid)
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Live Edge Curly Maple 13 16x11 12x30 Slab Shelf Wood Lumber
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BEAUTIFUL CURLY MAPLE BOWL BLANK LUMBER LATHE WOOD TURNING 8 X 8 X 3
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4 4 CURLY MAPLE 2 BOARDS
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FOUR 4 THIN KILN DRIED SANDED CURLY MAPLE 24 X 6 X 3 8 LUMBER WOOD
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BEAUTIFUL CURLY MAPLE BOWL BLANK LUMBER LATHE WOOD TURNING 10 X 10 X 3
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4 BEAUTIFUL CURLY MAPLE BOWL BLANKS LATHE TURNING BLOCK LUMBER WOOD 6 X 6 X 3
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Curly Quilted Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 23 AAAA
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Live Edge Curly Maple Highly Figured 13 16x10 13x39 DIY Wood Lumber
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Curly Maple 5 4 Lumber 1 1 8x7 1 2x30 Clear Tiger Maple Wood Board
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Ambrosia Curly Maple Board 25 3 8 X 14 1 4 X 3 4
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Curly Crotch Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 10 AAAA
Curly Crotch Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 10 AAAA $9.99
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9 4 XXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 38 x 6 1 4 x 2 1 8
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3 4+ SUPER HEAVY CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 50 x 5 1 4 x 3 4+
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4 4 CURLY MAPLE 2 BOARDS
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Live Edge Curly Maple 13 16x10x30 Wood Lumber Shelf Board
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8 4 SUPER CURLY TIGER MAPLE BILLET lumber 24 x 8 1 2 x 2
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2 EXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 4 4 lumber 37 x 6 1 8 x 7 8
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Curly Spalted Maple Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 18 AAAAA
Curly Spalted Maple Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 18 AAAAA $49.99
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Curly Tiger Maple Lumber High Quality Super Figured Wood S4S 321
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8 4 SUPER CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 39 x 6 1 2 x 1 7 8
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Curly Tiger Maple Lumber Super Curl High Quality Wood Full 1+ S4S 275
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Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 9 AAAA
Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 9 AAAA $9.99
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8 4+ XXXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 41 x 6 1 8 x 2+
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2 XXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 3 4+ lumber 29 x 5 3 8 x 3 4+
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Tiger Maple Wood Board Thick Maple Lumber Curly Maple Wood Slab Woodworking
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Curly Tiger Maple Lumber High Quality Figured Wood S4S 313
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Curly Spalted Maple Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 20 AAAAA
Curly Spalted Maple Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 20 AAAAA $49.99
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9 4 SUPER CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 47 x 6 7 8 x 2 1 8+
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Tiger Maple Wood Board Thick Maple Lumber Curly Maple Wood Slab Woodworking
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8 4 EXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE BILLET lumber 31 x 6 3 4 x 2
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Curly Tiger Maple Lumber Super Curl High Quality Wood S4S 210
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Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 20 AAAA
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live edge curly maple wood slab figured rustic natural edge
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WILD ONE AWESOME BOARD HEAVY 3D FIGURE QUILTED SUPER CURLY TIGER MAPLE LUMBER
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8 4+ XXXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE BILLET lumber 32 x 7 5 8 x 2+
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4 Pack Set Beautiful Curly Maple Lumber Boards 3 4 x 6 x 12 FREE SHIP
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1 7 8x6 1 2x28 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Lumber Wood M2006 533
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8 4 XXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE BILLET lumber 24 x 7 1 2 x 2
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What type of wood will be good for a knife handle?

I want to know what type of wood would make for a good handle for a full tang knife. One that wont split from shock or wear out too soon. In my area, there is shrub oak, pine, cedar, juniper, and piƱon. Would any of these make a good handle? Any answers and suggestions are welcomed and greatly appreciated. Thank you.

I'd stick with hardwoods, though some are harder than others. You want tight grain with out a lot of pores for dirt, grime, and bacteria to collect in. Of the ones you've listed, Juniper would probably be the best because even though it isn't technically a hardwood, the wood is in fact, relatively hard, and has tight, grain that is often quite beautiful.

Because knife handles and other things like pistol grips need such small pieces of wood, its often best to search out exotic species or rare grain patterns of locally grown woods. Curly or fiddleback grain is highly prized and occurs in all species, though it is most prevalent in things like Maple or Hawaiian Koa, both of which would make excellent knife handles. Exotic or imported species to consider would be Ebony (jet black and very expensive), Cocobolo, Purpleheart, Ipe, Ohia, Redheart, Bloodwood, Silky Oak, Snakewood, Zebrawood, and Bubinga, to name a few. They can be found at a good lumberyard or online at http://www.woodcraft.com . Domestic hardwoods that are suitable for knife handles would be Maple, Hickory (also known as Pecan) which has been used to make drumsticks and handles for striking tools like hammers and axes for centuries, Black Walnut, and most of the fruit trees. All of them will hold up under abuse and some, like Ipe, Cocobolo, and Ebony are extremely hard. I'd avoid most Oaks and softwoods because they are prone to splitting or have grain that is way too porous for tool handles.

If you're going to go to the trouble to make a knife, or even if you're just putting a new handle on an old one, its worth the time to locate a special piece of wood to make the handle from. One that is not just tough, but beautiful. Because the handle is small, it probably won't cost a fortune to buy an exotic piece that is really special and unique. I like to glue contrasting or slightly different species together to add another design element to handles and other small pieces.

When working with exotics be careful about your exposure to the dust until you know your tolerance for it and be aware that some of them like Ipe, can leave particularly nasty slivers, though the wood is a rich dark brown and really tough. If its good enough for the Chicago Transit Authority to make benches out of it, it will certainly hold up as a knife handle. Its being used a lot in place of pressure treated lumber for decks, so you may be able to get some small pieces locally for a decent price.

Also, be aware that regular wood glues don't always work well with exotics, and many should be glued with epoxy (not Gorilla Glue - it has its uses, but most of the time regular yellow carpenter's glue or two part epoxy work better) after wiping the surfaces down with acetone or lacquer thinner.

Finally, finish the handle with a high quality wood oil like Watco or Waterlox. I prefer oil to lacquer or polyurethane for things that get a lot of wear because they can be retreated easily. Follow the directions carefully and always let oily rags dry out flat before throwing away.

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