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Help!!! Bark River Handle/Scale Choice. What Material ?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by IABIGBUCKGUY, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. IABIGBUCKGUY

    IABIGBUCKGUY Gold Member Gold Member

    636
    Jul 7, 2011
    I'm getting ready to order a Bark River Highland Special but I'm undecided on what Handle/ Scales. These are the four I narrowed it down to. Out of the four choices listed below which do you prefer and why.

    Ligum Vite
    Olivewood
    Osage Orange
    Natural Macarta


    If you own a Bark River knife with any of these handle/ Scale Materials listed above fill free to show mw a few pics. It's hard to tell the true colors from Bark Rivers website and I understand there all going to be a little different
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike

    Aug 30, 2006
    All great materials,

    ...I'm partial to the Ligum for it's toughness,

    ...the olivewood for it warmth and beauty,

    ...the Osage for it's stark contrast,

    ...hell, I even like Natty Micarta. :eek:





    Big Mike
     
  3. IABIGBUCKGUY

    IABIGBUCKGUY Gold Member Gold Member

    636
    Jul 7, 2011
    Anyone eles
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike

    Aug 30, 2006
    Black Birdseye maple? :confused:


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    Big Mike
     
  5. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    ^^^
    That looks really nice.
     
  6. IABIGBUCKGUY

    IABIGBUCKGUY Gold Member Gold Member

    636
    Jul 7, 2011
    I like that
     
  7. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    Amboyna Burl
    Spalted Maple Burl
    Desert Ironwood Burl
    Curly Maple
    Buckeye Burl
    All good.
     
  8. 357fan

    357fan

    261
    May 23, 2009
    Of those listed, I'd likely go with the Lignum.

    Personally I'm a fan of Dark Curly Maple for warmth and beauty, and any of the Micartas for strength and durability. I just don't like the looks of the Natural Micarta though.
     
  9. Phydeaux

    Phydeaux

    Mar 4, 2006
    I'd get the lignum vitae. it's one of my favorites. It has a lot of natural wax and resin in it so I just sand it to 1500 grit and then buff.

    ric
     
  10. IABIGBUCKGUY

    IABIGBUCKGUY Gold Member Gold Member

    636
    Jul 7, 2011
    Well, thanks for your input but I decided to go with Green Macarta. There was not a lot of choices at this time for Bark River Highland Specials. I'm sure this wont be my last Bark River. I'm just going to have to wait until they release some new knives with wood scales this fall or spring.
     

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