Soapstone

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Has anyone tried Blackpearl Soapstone for handles. It's supposed to be harder and more chip resistant than ordinary soapstone.
 
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Don, I picked up some multi colored soap stone a couple years ago but haven't tried it yet. Maybe I'll give it a try. I think it would work better as a block than slabbed. Thanks for the reminder!
 
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How bizarre, I was just in a shop yesterday looking at some Inuit soapstone carvings and thinking to myself I'd like to try carving some and was wondering where I could find some and what do you know I bring up Shop Talk and there's a thread on soapstone! What a coincidence! Of course I was thinking on ways to incorparate it in knife handles as well.
 
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We hated the stuff back in my coal mining days. Damn stuff'll kill ya dead. Doesn't stick very wel to the roof when gotten damp.

RL
 
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I like it and have used it. It is kinda soft, but takes a nice finish. Both the gaurd and pommel are Black Pearl Soap Stone in the below pictures. I don't know how durable it is.

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So - where do you get the stuff?

Sean I sure do admire the lines of that knife. What are the other handle materials?
 
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To soft. On a 1-10 scale diamond being 10 and 1 being dust soapstone is about 2-3.
You can carve it with a nail. Scratches easy and wears very quick.
TJ
 
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I bought mine from here:

http://www.blackpearlsoapstone.com/

The other handle materials are African Blackwood and Thuya Burl. Everything on that knife came from my scrap pile (including the blade). I love the lines too. I tweeked it a bit from the Jade Fighter by dropping the handle more. Made a world of difference. It looks good from a far, but it is far from good. :D

Actaully it is not that bad, just too many little voids in the cable damascus for my liking.

What TJ said is very true; the stuff is soft and I would not use it on a knife that would see heavy usage. But for a letter opener or "trailer queen" it has its applications.
 
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I'm going to run over and get some soon Dave. They sell it in random sections in 65 LB boxes for about $85.00.

I'm going to try some for knife handles on ornamentals like Laredo's and my wife wants a bowl or two made :(
My son wants to try a piece two. That will leave plenty left over. I'll let you know when I get it Dave.

I want it to use in place of Corian. I hate plastic no matter how nice t works.
 
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Soapstone is softer than mother of pearl, coral, and most bone. Think about it. And "pearl?" Real pearl is harder.
Just an observation.
 
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peter, isnt soap stone a little impractcal? it looks great, but its heavy and its still will chip and break under heavy abuse. it would look really good on a collectors knife or a wall hanger, but i dont think it would be great on something ment to be used alot. i dunno though, ive never use a knife with a soap stone handle.
 
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peter nap said:
. I'll let you know when I get it Dave.

I want it to use in place of Corian. I hate plastic no matter how nice t works.
That'd be great Don, thanks. I like your idea of replacing Corian with it, they're probably very much alike in physical properties, and Corian isn't as weak as I thought it'd be. I think the soapstone looks cool, too. "Ornamental" is probably the right word for its use and on the right knife should serve its purpose just fine.
 
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It is pretty soft. Some like to hand etch or paint figures and pictures on. It's easy to work. It is heavy but soft. You can almost rub your fingers upon a dry specimen and see it come off in your hand. Myself, I would not select it as a knife handle material.

RL
 
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