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Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call AAAA 14
Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call AAAA 14 $14.99 (1 Bid)
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10 STUNNING THIN KILN DRIED SANDED SPALTED CURLY MAPLE 12 X 3 X 1 4 WOOD
10 STUNNING THIN KILN DRIED SANDED SPALTED CURLY MAPLE 12 X 3 X 1 4 WOOD $34.95
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FIVE 5 THIN KILN DRIED SANDED CURLY MAPLE 24 X 3 X 1 2 LUMBER WOOD
FIVE 5 THIN KILN DRIED SANDED CURLY MAPLE 24 X 3 X 1 2 LUMBER WOOD $39.95
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TWO SANDED CURLY MAPLE KNIFE SCALES PISTOL GRIPS WOOD LUMBER
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Extreme Figured Curly Birdseye Maple Board Wood Lumber 5 7 8X61 FREE SHIP
Extreme Figured Curly Birdseye Maple Board Wood Lumber 5 7 8X61 FREE SHIP $124.99
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4 4 CURLY MAPLE 2 BOARDS VERY CURLY
4 4 CURLY MAPLE 2 BOARDS VERY CURLY $19.99
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2 XXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 7 4+ lumber 24 x 3 1 4 x 1 3 4+
2 XXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 7 4+ lumber 24 x 3 1 4 x 1 3 4+ $49.99
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20BF 4 4 Super Curly Figured soft maple boards lumber
20BF 4 4 Super Curly Figured soft maple boards lumber $190.00
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Tiger Curly Hard Maple Billet 40 x 5 7 8 x 1 5 8
Tiger Curly Hard Maple Billet 40 x 5 7 8 x 1 5 8 $49.95
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4 4 CURLY MAPLE 2 BOARDS VERY CURLY
4 4 CURLY MAPLE 2 BOARDS VERY CURLY $22.99
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LARGE CURLY MAPLE BOWL BLANK LUMBER LATHE WOOD TURNING 12 X 12 X 3
LARGE CURLY MAPLE BOWL BLANK LUMBER LATHE WOOD TURNING 12 X 12 X 3 $44.95
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15 PC MULTIPAK THIN CURLY MAPLE ZEBRAWOOD PURPLEHEART 12 X 3 X 1 4
15 PC MULTIPAK THIN CURLY MAPLE ZEBRAWOOD PURPLEHEART 12 X 3 X 1 4 $39.95
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2 1 8xx43 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Lumber Wood M2001 12 Quarter to Rift sawn
2 1 8xx43 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Lumber Wood M2001 12 Quarter to Rift sawn $89.00
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4 BEAUTIFUL CURLY MAPLE BOWL BLANKS LATHE TURNING BLOCK LUMBER WOOD 6 X 6 X 3
4 BEAUTIFUL CURLY MAPLE BOWL BLANKS LATHE TURNING BLOCK LUMBER WOOD 6 X 6 X 3 $39.95
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Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call AAAA 14
Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call AAAA 14 $9.99
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BEAUTIFUL CURLY MAPLE PLATTER BLANK LUMBER LATHE WOOD TURNING 8 X 8 X 3
BEAUTIFUL CURLY MAPLE PLATTER BLANK LUMBER LATHE WOOD TURNING 8 X 8 X 3 $29.00
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SIXTEEN 16 THIN KILN DRIED SANDED CURLY MAPLE 12 X 3 X 1 4 LUMBER WOOD
SIXTEEN 16 THIN KILN DRIED SANDED CURLY MAPLE 12 X 3 X 1 4 LUMBER WOOD $39.95
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2 EXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 4 4 lumber 38 LONG
2 EXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 4 4 lumber 38 LONG $69.99
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Curly Maple Craft Wood 13 1 8 Long 4 To 7 7 8 Wide 1 5 8 Thick Dry
Curly Maple Craft Wood 13 1 8 Long 4 To 7 7 8 Wide 1 5 8 Thick Dry $10.15
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Curly Maple Gunstock Gun Stock Blank 2 Piece AAAAA+
Curly Maple Gunstock Gun Stock Blank 2 Piece AAAAA+ $49.99
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FOUR 4 CURLY MAPLE TURNING BLOCKS LUMBER LATHE WOOD BLANKS BLOCKS 3 X 3 X 12
FOUR 4 CURLY MAPLE TURNING BLOCKS LUMBER LATHE WOOD BLANKS BLOCKS 3 X 3 X 12 $42.95
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Maple Curly 3 8 x 5 x 24
Maple Curly 3 8 x 5 x 24 $28.49
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1 Pair 5A Curly Tiger Maple Bookmatched Knife Blank Handle Pistol Grip BULK
1 Pair 5A Curly Tiger Maple Bookmatched Knife Blank Handle Pistol Grip BULK $8.99
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Spalted Tiger Curly Silver Maple Billet 46 1 2 x 7 3 4 x 1 3 4
Spalted Tiger Curly Silver Maple Billet 46 1 2 x 7 3 4 x 1 3 4 $69.95
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Spalted ambrosia Curly Maple Wood Luthier 1 PC Solid Body Guitar carved Top 1323
Spalted ambrosia Curly Maple Wood Luthier 1 PC Solid Body Guitar carved Top 1323 $149.99
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Curly Spalted Maple Blackline Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 6 AAAA
Curly Spalted Maple Blackline Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 6 AAAA $9.99 (1 Bid)
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Spalted ambrosia Curly Maple Wood Luthier 1 PC Solid Body Guitar carved Top 1320
Spalted ambrosia Curly Maple Wood Luthier 1 PC Solid Body Guitar carved Top 1320 $99.99
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2 EXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 6 4 lumber 37 LONG
2 EXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 6 4 lumber 37 LONG $69.99
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20BF 4 4 Hard Curly Maple Lumber
20BF 4 4 Hard Curly Maple Lumber $225.00
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Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call AAAA 17
Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call AAAA 17 $14.99
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2 EXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 3 4+ lumber 48 x 5 7 8 x 3 4+
2 EXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 3 4+ lumber 48 x 5 7 8 x 3 4+ $69.99
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2 XXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 3 4 lumber 38 x 6 5 8 x 3 4
2 XXEXTREME CURLY TIGER MAPLE 3 4 lumber 38 x 6 5 8 x 3 4 $82.99
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8 4 SUPER HEAVY CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 46 x 7 3 4 x 1 7 8+
8 4 SUPER HEAVY CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 46 x 7 3 4 x 1 7 8+ $89.99
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Extreme Figured Curly Birdseye Maple Board Wood Lumber 11 3 8X41 FREE SHIP
Extreme Figured Curly Birdseye Maple Board Wood Lumber 11 3 8X41 FREE SHIP $139.99
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8 4 SUPER CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 37 x 6 1 2 x 1 7 8
8 4 SUPER CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 37 x 6 1 2 x 1 7 8 $42.99
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Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call AAAA 19
Curly Maple Lumber Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call AAAA 19 $14.99
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2pc 8 4 Tiger Curly Silver Maple Billets 23 1 2 x 6 1 2 x 1 15 16
2pc 8 4 Tiger Curly Silver Maple Billets 23 1 2 x 6 1 2 x 1 15 16 $65.00
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8 4 CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 40 x 5 x 2
8 4 CURLY TIGER MAPLE lumber 40 x 5 x 2 $31.99
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Nice Figured Curly Tiger Maple Board Wood Lumber 5 1 4X48 FREE SHIP
Nice Figured Curly Tiger Maple Board Wood Lumber 5 1 4X48 FREE SHIP $52.99
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CURLY FIGURED Maple Lumber 11x5 3 8x 2 Carving Craft Art Knife Call M494
CURLY FIGURED Maple Lumber 11x5 3 8x 2 Carving Craft Art Knife Call M494 $16.99
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1 9 16x10 1 4x46 Curly Tiger Maple Ambrosia Streaked Wormy Wood Lumber AM 124
1 9 16x10 1 4x46 Curly Tiger Maple Ambrosia Streaked Wormy Wood Lumber AM 124 $95.00
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6158am 3 NICE PCS 4 4 KD AMBROSIA CURLY SOFT MAPLE LMBR BIRDSEYES
6158am 3 NICE PCS 4 4 KD AMBROSIA CURLY SOFT MAPLE LMBR BIRDSEYES $36.99
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15 16x10 1 2x50 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Guitar Wood Lumber M19 474
15 16x10 1 2x50 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Guitar Wood Lumber M19 474 $75.00
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2x11 1 4x44 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Lumber Wood M2001 28 LUTHIER FIGURE
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1 3 4x10 1 2x25 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Lumber Wood M2001 24
1 3 4x10 1 2x25 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Lumber Wood M2001 24 $65.00
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1 7 8x5 1 2x47 Curly Tiger Figured Maple Lumber Wood M2001 18
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Curly Spalted Maple Blackline Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 19 AAAA
Curly Spalted Maple Blackline Block Carving Craft Art Knife Call 19 AAAA $29.99 (1 Bid)
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1 3 4x7 1 2x27 Curly Tiger Maple Ambrosia Streaked Wormy Wood Lumber AM 125
1 3 4x7 1 2x27 Curly Tiger Maple Ambrosia Streaked Wormy Wood Lumber AM 125 $52.00
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Curly Maple Burl Slab 24x8 9x2 3 4 Carving Craft Art Knife Scale Lot m680
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SUPER EXTREME 5A LUTHIER INTENSE TIGHT QUILTED TIGER CURLY MAPLE LUMBER
SUPER EXTREME 5A LUTHIER INTENSE TIGHT QUILTED TIGER CURLY MAPLE LUMBER $140.00
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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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