Micarta is a trademarked name Of Norplex-Micarta, Rucarta is not. For all intents and purposes, it serves the same function and is basically the same thing.
So, I have noticed in my A.G. Russell catalog that many of his knives have a Rucarta handle. It looks like micarta, and it has a similar name as well. Are they the same thing? If not, what is the difference?
Rucarta is layers of cloth and phenolic resin.
I have a A.G. Russ knife with it, and it is quite nice.
I've seen homemade stuff refered to as My Carta.
Micarta that is really awesome is known as Magna Carta.
Oh man, this is just becoming a collection of cringe-inducing puns.
There are products that are for sale to the knifemaker that give the same look without the toxic problems when working with it.
IIRC, Rucarta is a combination of Russell and Micarta.
Here I was all excited I knew something before Planterz. Darn your necromancy noob!
Yes I understand that this thread is a Resurrection! However if you see the new AG Russell Fall 2013 catalog. They have their Cowboy and Rancher knife that features Rucarta handles on the front cover. Every time the Russell Catalog comes out with a Rucarta handle there is new interest in Rucarta. While it's not available to the knifemakers Warwood is the perfect replacement! When finished their black and wine colors are right there with Rucarta that Russell offers on their knives, but without the toxic problems associated with finishing Micarta/Rucarta.New products are as exciting to see as new knife makers!
It's a better World, thanks to Coral, Red, Rucarta.
I agree it's nice looking but only available for Russell or friends of Russell Knives. The rest of us needed to find similar product. Warwood was introduced this year at the AG Russell Knife Event, it was clearly a great addition as the red ,green, brown and black all sold out. Will AG ever think about offering parts such as the Rucarta, it would be great to see these special products available but then again they might get so they aren't special.
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