Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by matt1987, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. matt1987


    Nov 2, 2009
    So I was enjoying a few beers last night while looking at some Sebenzas on the net(I'm sure you can see where this is going :eek:). I had originally wanted to buy a small Sebenza to go with my large, well that didn't happen. Before my rational mind could step in, a large ivory Sebenza snuck it's way into my cart! Ah well, time to go shake my booty on the corner to recoup my money:D

    This is my first ivory knife and I'm curious about the care. I assume one would treat ivory like bone in terms of care and handling, but if anyone has suggestions/hints/advice I would appreciate it.
  2. megnin


    Jul 8, 2012
    You had better post pics when you get that beauty!

    I'm not sure if this level of care is required for the inlays on a knife, but this is what I found...

    Info from The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute:


    Important things to know about ivory

    Ivory - as distinguished from bone, antler or horn - includes the tusks and the unusually large or projecting teeth of animals such as elephant, walrus and several species of whale. It consists of dentine, made up of components which are both organic (to provide the capacity for growth and repair) and inorganic (to provide rigidity and strength). Identification of the type of ivory is based on the composition of the dentine and its specific growth structure.

    Ivory is very reactive to its environment. It bleaches when exposed to light but the most severe changes are linked to changes in relative humidity and temperature. Low relative humidity causes desiccation, shrinkage and cracking, while high relative humidity can cause warping and swelling. Heat fluctuations induce similar expansion and contraction. These problems are particularly acute with thin ivory objects, such as miniatures.

    Some darkening or "patina" is the result of the natural aging process of ivory's organic constituents. Because it is porous, ivory is also susceptible to staining. It darkens in contact with the skin or oils and can be stained by corroding metals or other colored materials.

    Many liquids, including water and cleaning solutions, are destructive to ivory and should be avoided.


    Handle ivory with white cotton gloves. If these are not available, wash your hands first with soap and water to remove hand oils and dirt.

    Storage conditions

    The best protection for an ivory object is a carefully controlled environment, both in terms of telative humidity (RH) and temperature. Ideal conditions are 45-55 % RH and approximately 70° F (21.11°C), with low light levels, at approximately 5 footcandles. Conditions should be kept constant; at the least, extreme conditions or rapid fluctuations should be avoided.

    Keeping the object in a tightly closed display case or storage drawer provides a considerable degree of buffering against sudden changes in temperature and relative humidity and is protection against dust and dirt. Dark storage also eliminates damage due to light. However, as a note of caution, avoid sunlit or spotlit display areas, closed cases where heat can build up from interior light bulbs, proximity to ventilation or heating ducts, the tops of appliances, exterior walls or cold windows. Storage drawers and shelves should be lined with a chemically stable cushioning material such as polyethylene or polypropylene sheeting. Avoid using rubber-based materials for storage or packing as these can produce unnatural yellowing of ivory.

    For additional protection, the artifact may be wrapped in unbuffered, acid-free tissue paper, and stored in a sealed polyethylene (ziplock-type) bag. Well washed unbleached muslin or diaper fabric may be substituted for the tissue.
  3. lemmuhj


    May 2, 2010
    Hahaha...it happens bro:cool:
  4. Kenny_Powers


    Jan 18, 2012
    LOL I have done it before. Definitely need some pics when you get it.
  5. 2TONYB


    Sep 21, 2005
    Thank goodeness I quit drinking before the knife infection.
  6. lisantica

    lisantica Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 17, 2010
    For the first time I don't want to see a pic of the knife, I'd like to see the booty shake instead! haha :D
    But seriously, congrats on the purchase.
  7. Franz_N


    Apr 3, 2010
    I saw a video of this one person who had some issues with his ivory inlays getting stained by his jeans, just something to be aware of when you carry it, it probably depends on the type of jeans too.
  8. misterjuiceman


    Sep 19, 2009
    When I saw the subject, I figured you got drunk and started playing five finger filet with a Sebenza. Enjoy it!
  9. Easyrider

    Easyrider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2000
    If I was to start collecting sebenzas I would have to give up drinking. I couldn't afford both. Lets not talk about firearms either!
  10. blackend


    Dec 21, 2002
    Is this the large white ivory one that was on BHQ? I only ask cuz I was about to pull the trigger on that one before deciding on a small Damascus/Botcote one.
  11. dinokay


    Feb 9, 2007
    I hope it's the one from plaza that I was told I missed by 12 hours cuz then we'll get some more pictures of that beauty. That one had a raindrop Damascus blade.
  12. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Why settle? I want to see both! :D :D :D
  13. RiverRat84


    Sep 21, 2011
    Oh boy, I've done that plenty of times. You came out with a good one. Keep that sucker :thumbup:
  14. matt1987


    Nov 2, 2009
    Haha, thanks for the comments and advice everyone. I'll take a few pics when I get it.

    Yeah that's it.

    Man, I wish I would have seen that one! On second thought maybe it's good I didn't.... lol:tongue:
  15. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Never troll the exchange while drunk. I did that a couple days ago, and.................. :rolleyes:
  16. lemmuhj


    May 2, 2010
    Looks like a bunch of us missed that one...
  17. au5t3n5


    Dec 13, 2009
    I have had a small classic mammoth ivory for almost 2 years now and the inlays have gotten quite a bit more yellow...but I admit I don't really "baby" it. I use it and put it back in its slip case and thats about it. So it's probably got quite the collection of my finger oils lol.
  18. ridnovir


    Mar 12, 2012
    Can you oil ivory with mineral oil?
  19. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    OK, it was Friday night for me, and today the mailman hands me a box. I looked at it, and thought WTF???? I opened, and apparently went to the exchange while drunk..... :D :D


  20. matt1987


    Nov 2, 2009
    Well it wouldn't be the first time I woke up to a "surprise" after a night of drinking :eek:

    Nice knife by the way. Tell us more :D

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