Bone white linen micarta, help

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Joseph B
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Hey guys, I have a customer that I’m make 4 machetes for and he wants bone white linen micarta, but I cannot find anywhere that sells thick enough (I need 1/2”) micarta in that color, and I can’t find any Bowie blocks in that color either.
I was thinking about ordering thiner micarta and gluing layers together to get the thickness, but I’m worried you‘ll be able to see the glue joints because of the color.
Is there anywhere that y’all know of to get what I’m after?

Thanks!
Joseph
 

Bill DeShivs

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I would think paper Micarta would look much better. Linen has a lot of voids.
 

Joshua Fisher

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I would think paper Micarta would look much better. Linen has a lot of voids.
None of the professionally made linen micarta I’ve used has had any voids in it. In my experience white paper micarta is harder to keep clean than linen. As for finding it in 1/2” you could always glue two 1/4” sheets together
 

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Maybe look for a full block in 1/2", 3/4" or 1" from an industrial supplier like McMaster-Carr, Masecraft, Norplex, Professional Plastics, etc.

IIRC, Jantz, Shefield, and Tru Grit all sold larger sheets.
 
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