Lets talk Mammoth Teeth

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So, I have always admired everyones knife pics with mammoth tooth scales, but I never got around to ordering one. While they are all cool and unique, I find some much more appealing than others. Before I torture Garth, a couple of questions if you please.
1. Do you just order "Mammoth tooth scales" and hope for the best? or do you request a color etc.?
2. Does anybody find their own scales and send them to Busse for fitting to the knife?
3. If you preselect scales, where do you get them.
4. Are they pre dyed, how does that work?
5. Seems like I have heard that they are getting harder to come by, is there any truth to that?
6. Other thoughts and advice welcome.
 

roenman

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Better to just let Garth pic it out.
He knows the vendors that sell good, stabilized tooth.
Dye works out good, they are all pre-dyed.
I have told Garth I like color, he has ran with just that and amazes me with every Custom Shop Piece.
It is getting harder and harder to find especially bigger, matching pieces.
Garth's "grexing" is a great way to make smaller pieces of tooth go with bigger handles.
 
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I have a question that may be helpful...

Is the scales slippery with sweaty hands?
 

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I tried ordering mammoth tooth scales once and was told they weren't available. depending on availability you may be waiting a while.

Busse will not use customer provided materials.
 
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Garth can do anything. I've heard he keeps a substantial herd of mammoth at the secret Busse compound.
 

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It's brittle. Much more prone to damage than the traditional options. Expensive and delicate make it a tough decision to use.
 
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For what I know it's more brittle and more difficult to work with than mammoth ivory, I'm not sure if Busse dye them before making them into handles but mammoth teeth usually come with natural colors and I've seen some Busse knives with natural colored mammoth tooth handle scales and they look just beautiful.
 
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I told Garth i wanted something blueish with blue liners and this is what he came up with. I use this one all the time and i'd say as long as it's not a chopper, just go ahead and use whatever knife you end up ordering, the mammoth on mine is holding up real well.

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tinfoil hat timmy

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That makes sense. An edc non chopper would cover both bases nicely. "Hey look at this!" And sliciness and dicin!
 
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I told Garth i wanted something blueish with blue liners and this is what he came up with. I use this one all the time and i'd say as long as it's not a chopper, just go ahead and use whatever knife you end up ordering, the mammoth on mine is holding up real well.

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That is beautiful, nice knife Lennox. Truly one of a kind
 
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I told Garth i wanted something blueish with blue liners and this is what he came up with. I use this one all the time and i'd say as long as it's not a chopper, just go ahead and use whatever knife you end up ordering, the mammoth on mine is holding up real well.

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Now that is a beautiful Magnum Bear Cub!!! The solid pins really sit well with that particular handle. Awesome :thumbup:
 
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