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Micarta vs Rucarta

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by wenkrush, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. wenkrush


    Jul 11, 2011
    So, I have noticed in my A.G. Russell catalog that many of his knives have a Rucarta handle. It looks like micarta, and it has a similar name as well. Are they the same thing? If not, what is the difference?
  2. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    Micarta is a trademarked name Of Norplex-Micarta, Rucarta is not. For all intents and purposes, it serves the same function and is basically the same thing.
  3. wenkrush


    Jul 11, 2011
    Thanks RevDevil
  4. Tim616


    Sep 13, 2011
    Rucarta is layers of cloth and phenolic resin.
    I have a A.G. Russ knife with it, and it is quite nice.
  5. A. G. Russell

    A. G. Russell

    Mar 10, 2001
    When Westinghouse owned the trademark Micarta, I wanted a color they would not make so I went to Norplex and had it made and called it Rucarta (Russell's Carta) and now wherever it is made for me I name it Rucarta.
  6. RandomAyes


    Oct 19, 2009
    I've seen homemade stuff refered to as My Carta.
  7. CapitalizedLiving


    Dec 1, 2007
    Micarta that is really awesome is known as Magna Carta.
  8. Cold Kill

    Cold Kill Banned BANNED

    Jun 19, 2011
    Oh man, this is just becoming a collection of cringe-inducing puns.
  9. A. G. Russell

    A. G. Russell

    Mar 10, 2001
    I want to mneet the fella with a 300 ton press in his basement.
  10. Rick

    Rick Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 1998
    Be careful what you ask for... :eek:
  11. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Interesting topic. Thank you for posting it up.

    Mr. Russell,
    I never would have guessed that this is how Rucarta got its name. Thank you for sharing that.
  12. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    That's too funny, thanks for the info Mr. Russell! One thing that I have heard is that Formica stands for "Formerly Micarta".
  13. Planterz

    Planterz Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    Thanks for explaining this. I was guessing that since micarta comes from various things (paper, linen, canvas, etc) that rucarta was made with rubber. I should have guessed that since I've only seen you offer knives in rucarta that it came from your name.
  14. JEPHCO


    Jun 26, 2013
    There are products that are for sale to the knifemaker that give the same look without the toxic problems when working with it.
  15. Odin's Son

    Odin's Son Banned by Moderators

    Aug 29, 2013
    IIRC, Rucarta is a combination of Russell and Micarta.
  16. Grayzer86


    Jan 15, 2012
    I realize you are new but this is the second thread on the same topic you have resurrected from the grave. This one is two years old and the other was 4 years old. Not trying to be harsh, it's just encouraged that members look at the last post date before posting in older threads.
  17. TriviaMonster


    Jan 2, 2012
    Here I was all excited I knew something before Planterz. Darn your necromancy noob!
  18. JEPHCO


    Jun 26, 2013
    Yes I understand that this thread is a Resurrection! However if you see the new AG Russell Fall 2013 catalog. They have their Cowboy and Rancher knife that features Rucarta handles on the front cover. Every time the Russell Catalog comes out with a Rucarta handle there is new interest in Rucarta. While it's not available to the knifemakers Warwood is the perfect replacement! When finished their black and wine colors are right there with Rucarta that Russell offers on their knives, but without the toxic problems associated with finishing Micarta/Rucarta.New products are as exciting to see as new knife makers!
  19. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    It's a better World, thanks to Coral, Red, Rucarta.
  20. JEPHCO


    Jun 26, 2013
    I agree it's nice looking but only available for Russell or friends of Russell Knives. The rest of us needed to find similar product. Warwood was introduced this year at the AG Russell Knife Event, it was clearly a great addition as the red ,green, brown and black all sold out. Will AG ever think about offering parts such as the Rucarta, it would be great to see these special products available but then again they might get so they aren't special.

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