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New and improved Dymondwood - Yea or Nay?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Maelstrom78, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Maelstrom78

    Maelstrom78

    Sep 21, 2013
  2. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    It's still plywood imho.
    If you're on a budget you can use better looking fire wood for scales or get cheap g10 from aliexpress.
     
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  3. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    I love Dymondwood in solid colors. It has been hard to find recently. "Plywood" has layers with alternating grain direction.
    This vendor's prices look a little high.
    I don't use G10. There is enough dangerous dust in my shop already.
     
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  4. AVigil

    AVigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    If you want your knives to look like they are from Pakistan sure
     
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  5. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Perhaps the Pakistani knives look like MINE?
    The Pakis use other common handle materials, too.
    Dymondwood is stable, fairly hard-but easy to work, attractive if used properly, and relatively inexpensive.
    Does this gun look like it was made in Pakistan?
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  6. Kevin McGovern

    Kevin McGovern KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 31, 2015
    A little bit. But the good part of Pakistan.
     
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  7. LARRYZ10

    LARRYZ10

    Feb 6, 2010
    The factory that produced the original dymondwood burned down a couple years ago. I think they also made laminated gunstocks . The rosewood dymondwood is very nice looking and makes a nice knife. I bought a bunch of it years ago and still make a knife or two per year with it. Larry
     
  8. butcher_block

    butcher_block KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 6, 2004
    i have some rifle stocks in it but woudl put stabilized 2x4 on a knife before wood laminate (ok i joke 2x4 wouldnt work less it at least had nice grain in it )
     
  9. AVigil

    AVigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    The gun looks like it was made in Spain :)
     
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  10. Aidenag

    Aidenag

    100
    Apr 16, 2009
    In all honesty, with those grips, and nothing to show scale, it looks like a gas station novelty lighter...
     
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  11. Maineiac1

    Maineiac1

    275
    May 3, 2017
    I don't mind the natural looking stuff. Colored dymondwood looks cheap..
     
  12. JAGKNIFE

    JAGKNIFE KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    183
    Jan 10, 2012
    IT looks like Frost cutlery stuff no matter who the maker is...I only used it I think twice early on in knife making then stopped
     
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  13. LARRYZ10

    LARRYZ10

    Feb 6, 2010
    Bill, I like your pistol and I must say that I am surprised at the negative comments about it. Do these same guys tell knife makers that posted their finished knives that they look like Pakistani junk? Seems rude to me. I see a lot of knives now with multicolored scales that look like toys to me but I know that some guys like the stuff so keep my opinion to myself. I also stocked two custom rifles in laminated birch that turned out beautiful. Larry
     
  14. allenkey

    allenkey Basic Member Basic Member

    24
    May 19, 2018
    I've been curious about trying some of the camo variations of Dymalux's dymondwood but it is kinda pricey relative to Micarta. On USA knifemaker I could buy a 6"x12"x3/16" sheet of black linen micarta for only $5 more than one set of camo dymondwood scales. Feels kinda iffy to me.

    For those of you who don't mind it - do you have any pictures of your knives with dymondwood scales?
     
  15. navasky

    navasky

    36
    Dec 7, 2009
    I'm a big fan of black dymondwood.

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  16. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    I’ve used it (the old stuff) on several knives. The multi coloured stuff looks tacky to me, but the more natural coloured stuff makes a decent handle on lower cost knives. I really like it for kids first knives. It’s pretty resilient stuff.
     
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  17. Tom Lewis

    Tom Lewis

    Feb 24, 2000
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    I like some of it. I have sold a lot of knives with it to Women. They seem to like it.
     
  18. Roamad

    Roamad

    451
    Feb 1, 2016
    I like Dymondwood. Super durable, warm to the touch and easy to work. Here's an Old Hickory butcher knife I rehandled in charcoal dymondwood with green G10 liners (shown with a Scrade LB7).

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  19. knife to a gunfight

    knife to a gunfight

    Oct 17, 2007
    I've used black and walnut colored dymondwood on handles before, and I think it looked pretty good. I can't say I'm a fan of the handles that have 5 to 7 different colors, or look like a Christmas card.

    I suppose any handle material can look good or bad. It depends on a number of things, IMO.
     
  20. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    I looked through my pics, and I don’t have any diamondwood pics. Sorry.
     

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