Results 1 to 20 of 20

Thread: ivory paper micarta

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Stockton, CA - We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
    Posts
    7,289

    ivory paper micarta


    ADVERTISEMENT
    Hey guys, let me preface this with saying I have checked maybe a dozen of the suppliers in the sticky and ebay, but where can I find some ivory paper based micarta? I think I have settled on this because I can't afford real ivory and it seems to be the closest looking from what I can tell. This is going to go on the Gentleman's Bowie I am working on currently and maybe some NS bolsters. If anyone has a link that would be great.



    -Xander

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Alpharetta, GA
    Posts
    197

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Stockton, CA - We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
    Posts
    7,289
    Now how in the hell did I miss that?! Well thanks! I must of just skipped over them in the list, but I could of sworn I checked them along with the others. I guess this is what happens when it gets close to your birthday.


    Thanx-
    -Xander

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, Ca
    Posts
    2,280
    Try texas knife maker http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/index...th=587_604_606

    I used this stuff and its great to work with much better than micarta and has to soft touch that ivory has. There are some other suppliers if you need blocks

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Stockton, CA - We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
    Posts
    7,289
    Patrick, thanx for that link. I saw that and was a little curious about it. Good to hear that someone else likes it. Do you have any idea what it is made from? I may go with that, but do you have any pics of it on finished knives? And what is the recommended finish for it?



    -Xander

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Joshua,Texas (south of DFW)
    Posts
    2,642
    Masecraft has really good imitation ivory.Also lots of micarta for good prices. http://www.masecraftsupply.com/Merch...ry_Code=ALTIVB

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Tonasket, WA
    Posts
    3,974
    There's a bunch toward the bottom of this page at USA Knifemaker's Supply. I've gotten mine from them, the price is right and it was good material.

    http://www.usaknifemaker.com/handle-...add116374e4901
    "If life hands you lemons, etch a hamon with the juice!" - me.
    "No, it's not egotistical to quote yourself in your sig-line..." - also me.

    Visit my Maker's Forum at Bladeforums.

    Visit my website, http://www.prometheanknives.com

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Tonasket, WA
    Posts
    3,974
    Imo by the way, I don't use it as a substitute for ivory. It's not very similar really. I use it for what it is- I like the look of it just fine. And it'll never split on you like ivory may.
    "If life hands you lemons, etch a hamon with the juice!" - me.
    "No, it's not egotistical to quote yourself in your sig-line..." - also me.

    Visit my Maker's Forum at Bladeforums.

    Visit my website, http://www.prometheanknives.com

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, Ca
    Posts
    2,280
    Sorry I dont have pics, its turns out really nice. Just sand to 1000+ I did not put any other finish on, its some type of plastic.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Stockton, CA - We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
    Posts
    7,289
    Cool, thanx Patrick. I may try that out.

    Salem, I know what you mean about it not being a replacement, but I guess I was trying to say I want something that is close in color and smooth to the touch.


    Thanx everyone
    -Xander

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Norfolk,Va.
    Posts
    19,316
    The imitation ivory carried by some of the suppliers is pretty good stuff. It is cheap and works easily.

    I like the "mastadon" or "ancient elephant" from Jantz.
    http://www.knifemaking.com/category_s/163.htm
    Stacy E.Apelt
    It is better to die fighting evil than to live under it.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Spring Arbor, MI
    Posts
    1,213
    www.usaknifemaker.com has it too, and the owner is a knifemaker and bladeforums member.
    To chime in with the crowd, it's not going to fool knife collectors (not that you're trying to), it's just similar. And like some of the others above, I like it pretty well on its own merits.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    112
    Does anyone know where to get ivory paper micarta in liner thickness (~1/32")?

    Masecraft has the thinnest I've seen at 1/16", but I was wondering if there's thinner stuff anywhere. Unfortunately they also have a $50 minimum order.
    Last edited by orangehero; 11-01-2012 at 09:23 PM.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Lehi, Utah
    Posts
    4,170
    One thing to keep in mind is that what most places call "ivory" micarta does not actually look like ivory. The stuff that I have found that more resembles actual ivory is called called "antique linear" paper micarta. I get mine at Sheffield Supply.

    Here are two pics to show the difference in colors.

    "ivory" paper micarta



    and "antique linear" paper micarta

    - Jared
    joeserknives.com
    Follow me on Facebook at J. Oeser Custom Knives

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Honolulu
    Posts
    3,390
    Have you considered working with bone?
    .
    Phil Dwyer — Earth Crafts & Applied Arts

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Norfolk,Va.
    Posts
    19,316
    The color/type J.Oser is talking about is called "Antique Linen" Micarta. I like it,too. It would work well on a bowie.
    There are several suppliers who carry lots of G-10 and Micarta products. Alpha Knife Supply has a large inventory and size selection.
    http://www.alphaknifesupply.com/micarta.htm

    I have used several of the ivory simulants, and a few look pretty good. The negative is that the are basically plastic. Micarta is a handle material of accepted status all by itself. Don't consider it as looking like ivory, but as an alternate to it.

    Final note......White paper Micarta is very hard to get a good finish on. Actually, all paper Micarta is hard to finish. It stains and smudges easily. You almost have to hand sand it under water. I stopped using it a long time ago. I use linen and canvas Micarta or G-10.
    Stacy E.Apelt
    It is better to die fighting evil than to live under it.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Lehi, Utah
    Posts
    4,170
    Stacy, the antique linear paper micarta I used is actually a paper based micarta, not linen. I have only found it at the one place. I also use antique linen and I agree that paper based micarta is very difficult to keep clean while sanding.
    - Jared
    joeserknives.com
    Follow me on Facebook at J. Oeser Custom Knives

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    usa
    Posts
    6,610
    White paper Micarta should be wet-sanded, then buffed with green compound on a loose buff. It will pick up buffing compound, but a good scrubbing with dish detergent mixed with baking soda (form a thick paste) will remove the discoloration. When dry, wax.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Honolulu
    Posts
    3,390
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill DeShivs View Post
    White paper Micarta should be wet-sanded, then buffed with green compound on a loose buff. It will pick up buffing compound, but a good scrubbing with dish detergent mixed with baking soda (form a thick paste) will remove the discoloration. When dry, wax.
    Have you tried Zam or any of the tin oxide or white rouge compounds? That's what I use (with dedicated buff wheels) when working bone or ivory.
    .
    Phil Dwyer — Earth Crafts & Applied Arts

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    usa
    Posts
    6,610
    I use Zam, but don't use dedicated buffs. Hence, the cleaning suggestions.
    Never had any luck with white linen Micarta. It's just too porous.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •