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Stone in knife handle?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by sogflash, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. sogflash

    sogflash

    Aug 28, 2011
    There are many stones with beautiful colors and patterns and I'm considering using a small piece in the handle of a hidden tang knife.

    Can stones be used in knife handles? Off course it can be used, but is it wise to do so?

    I don't know anything abouts stones, or minerals, so I don't know what types would be most suitable to use in a knife handle.
     
  2. JTR357

    JTR357

    Sep 10, 2007
  3. tim37a

    tim37a

    609
    May 18, 2010
    Check out Jay Fishers website. He does lots of stone in his handles and discusses in great detail why it is good or bad.

    Tim
     
  4. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Simplest way is to set the stone in a bezel and inlay the bezel in the handle after shaping everything.
     
  5. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    First done I ever put in a knife handle was a CZ, I used a counter sink and epoxied the CZ in the tapered hole.

    The knife was a Victorinox Lockback, carried that knife for 10 years and wound up giving it away to a friend's wife who killed it.
     
  6. Lone Fortress

    Lone Fortress

    82
    Aug 20, 2013
    I agree with what Tim said. Jay's site is one of the best sources for information on stone handles I've found so far as he has an entire page just for that one subject which also goes over the expenses involved.
     

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