favored handle material

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by pyper, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. pyper


    Oct 18, 2009
    does wood or horn tend to hold up better over time and use for handles?
  2. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Both will hold up just fine to what ever you throw at the kukri.
  3. kukulza28


    Oct 11, 2008
    Maybe you oughta get an M43 kukri with a wooden scale on one side, and a horn handle scale on the other... and see which one falls off first after heavy use. If they don't fall off in your lifetime, you must pass this mission unto your progeny or closest living kin. :D
  4. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    I think wood is less prone to shrinking and cracking. I prefer wood.
  5. Sharp Knives 86

    Sharp Knives 86

    Oct 27, 2009
    I personally find horn more aestheticly pleasing, I read in a another thread, wood is stonger. So form an aesthetic standpoint, I prefer horn but on a practical standpoint, wood seems to be a better choice (or so I read).
  6. Cpl Punishment

    Cpl Punishment

    Jan 28, 2006
    I prefer wood.
  7. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Wood feels a little better in hand to me. Also it lends itself to be more easily customized (via sanding, staining, finishing, etc).

    ...but I have never turned down a khuk in horn;)
  8. casio


    Nov 17, 2008
    Wood handles are easy to customize sand/stain/ ect. and i do like the way they look. But i would not pass up a horn handle khukuri.:)SO what it comes down to is what;) you like the looks of the best because you will get more than just ONE:D
  9. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    I prefer wood for the simple reason that you don't have to worry about those bugs eating your horn handles.
  10. Wolf_1989


    Mar 30, 2007
    Wood! WOOD! [​IMG]
  11. MrMike


    Jan 22, 2006
    I really dig the horn. Check out this beauty from Sher Tiger.
    Zero issues with cracks or shrinkage. I do a monthly wipedown of the handle with neatsfoot oil.
    Also protects the exposed tang from rust.
  12. casio


    Nov 17, 2008
    Very good looking HORN Handle you have there . MR Mike
  13. OmarTrader


    Feb 17, 2009
    That's incredible MrMike, I didn't know horn could look like that. :eek:
  14. MrMike


    Jan 22, 2006
    thanks - it's very fitting coming from kami Sher Tiger.
    The striping on the handle matches his name!
  15. Zombie Zeke

    Zombie Zeke

    Nov 26, 2006
    Mine has been in solid use forever and the horn was tough on my hands so I smoothed the whole magilla down and wrapped them in friction tape then went over that with a thin layer of Gorilla Glue then sanded that with 80 grit for a textured feel and its rock solid. Not advocating that everyone run out and do this but these knives were made to beat on not hang in a closet.
  16. garand1911


    May 11, 2008
    I agree with what most have said here, Horn looks nicer, especially if you get some color variation in the grain. Wood i think is tougher and provides a better grip, plus it can be modified easier.
    My kerambit has antler which might be the best of both worlds, looks nice and a nice grip.
    It would be nice to see more antler on these Kukris, maybe on a katana :D
  17. panicotr


    Jan 4, 2009
    Thanks for the tip on neatsfoot oil; will try it tomorrow. Beautiful handles.

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