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Smooth ivory bone addiction

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jfowl31, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Jfowl31

    Jfowl31 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Mar 20, 2015
    I've been a long time lurker on these forums over the years. Bought a handful of knives off the exchange and constantly read the epic threads here to keep in front of the game collecting everything my wallet will allow. I figured it's time I made some contributions!

    Without further ado... Is anyone else as obsessed with GEC smooth ivory bone as I am? I try to buy or trade every one I can find here recently. Can't get enough! I see it as beauty through simplicity and utility I guess. I also live the way it ages and changes color like an old meerschaum pipe or something.

    Pictured here is a 73 Beaver tail that the previous owner modified into a short drop point, a well used Beaver tail, 2 NKCA 2007 knives which I really am partial towards with the drop point single blade, a 2 blade 48, 23 Beaver tail, beer scout, Washington punch, and a 77 single blade spear barlow.

    Grail knife for me is the smooth bone TC barlow with a sheepsfoot. I've missed it a couple times here on the forums and on the big auction site... Please post your ivory bones here... I love to drool over everyone's stuff! And I might find something here I didn't even know to keep an eye out for!

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  2. Ryouchijtx

    Ryouchijtx

    Oct 26, 2011
    A friend of mine actually utilised the same drop point mod to a beaver tail 73 he has.
    I applaud your diligence in finding all the smooth ivory bone there is xD And welcome to the porch after lurking. I admit, I did the same thing before I actually started posting and keeping up in the threads.

    I myself have no ivory bone. I've only had elephant Ivory come through my collection, I'll remove them if not suitable for this thread.
    I find the two are almost interchangeable in the fact that they both develop a lovely yellowed and aged appearance as time goes on.
    Both deserve to be carried and allowed to age, like our carbon steel traditionals in general..the more character it procures..the more beauty.

    Here are the two pieces I've had (the scagel fruitport has moved on) and have (the Halfrich TBose style trapper)
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  3. idahoguy

    idahoguy

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    Feb 8, 2013
    I'm a fool for smooth ivory bone covers, and ivory. I'm on a waiting list or a custom ivory knife. Can't wait to work out the details and get that one under way.
    I also got one of the Northwoods Gunstocks in antique white bone in a giveaway from KSF. It's a beautiful knife, really more than happy with it. Photo Bucket doesn't work for me, but below is a link to the page. Looks like you've been doing more than lurking. Nice pictures. Can't wait to see the pictures come in.

    https://www.knivesshipfree.com/northwoods-knives-gunstock-jack-closeout/?
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  4. Ryouchijtx

    Ryouchijtx

    Oct 26, 2011
    Here you go idahoguy
    Can't wait to see what your custom build entails of

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  5. cbr1000

    cbr1000

    Jan 31, 2013
    Gotta love the Washington Jack
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    single blade spear 77

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  6. Jfowl31

    Jfowl31 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Mar 20, 2015
    Man that gunstock is sweet! Add it to the list of ones to search for... Do you remember when it was produced?

    I'd love to add some ivory to the collection too. I think it will fit in nicely here!
     
  7. BigBiscuit

    BigBiscuit

    Dec 11, 2014
    I have a 73 Beaver Tail that I modified to a drop point.

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  8. SadSappySucker

    SadSappySucker

    Jul 20, 2014
    Those gunstocks really came out great.

    My one and only in smooth ivory bone.
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  9. archertl

    archertl

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    Nov 3, 2013
    They give a good contrast with the patina especially on the all steel frame knives
     
  10. SadSappySucker

    SadSappySucker

    Jul 20, 2014
    Very recently, like within the past couple months. Search YouTube for northwoods gunstock.
     
  11. Jfowl31

    Jfowl31 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Mar 20, 2015
    That is the perfect subtle modification to the Beaver tail I think! The one I have was MUCH more aggressive. I can see traces of pitting that was polished off so it's likely that this knife was pretty far gone when they did the mod. I honestly don't even know that it started life as a Beaver tail but I can't find any other single blade 73s in ivory bone that it could have started life as. It doesn't have the 2007 stamp on the tang which throws another wrench in. But the nail nick and all pins match the Beaver tail perfectly...

    Another mod I've been tossing around is sanding and buffing a 2 blade SS 73 that has pioneer bone covers. Would be cool to have a knife that matches the collection that I could leave in my hunting pack and not worry about rust. Has anyone ever attempted this? Tips or tricks?
     
  12. Luger1952

    Luger1952 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2012
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  13. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 19, 2014
    I like that smooth ivory bone too, but currently only have this 56.

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  14. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I agree with your assessment of smooth ivory bone, although I prefer "smitten." :D

    I passed on a smooth white barlow myself, to my lasting regret. If nothing else, the persistent haunting reminds me to choose the white bone the next time(s). I'm particularly grateful I heeded this when selecting my Farmer's Jack....

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  15. smiling-knife

    smiling-knife

    Nov 11, 2006
    Here's a Saynor pruning knife from the 1930s or so. Just to show that natural bone does age nicely, albeit with a little shrinkage in this example.

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  16. Coonskinner

    Coonskinner

    Mar 28, 2001
    I have a Tidioute 92 Eureka Jack in smooth ivory bone that I love to carry.
     
  17. wlfryjr

    wlfryjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    I like those handles.

    As I read,I was hoping someone would post the farmers jack,I should have known it would be you Sarah.

    Steve,you think the bone on that Saynor was stabilized? Most all old bone shows little if no shrinkage. Beautiful color.
     
  18. Joe58

    Joe58 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    Very nice knives - thanks guys for sharing the pictures.
     
  19. Primble

    Primble

    Mar 31, 2014
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  20. Jfowl31

    Jfowl31 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Mar 20, 2015
    You have no idea the amount of envy I feel right now...
     

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