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Tell me about Bocote

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Bmurray, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Possibly looking at another KE Bushie and bocate has sparked my interest recently. Any pros and cons about this handle material?
     
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  2. bladesmith3

    bladesmith3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 8, 2015
    Bocote is a great wood almost like ironwood but Bocote trees grow to enormous size. some are very figured. I have made numerous knives from it. all the customers are happy.
    my custom pool cue is also Bocote and I have been using it and getting compliments for years. I think you will like it.
     
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  3. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2017
    I have a few knives in Bocote and love the wood. The grain is beautiful. I just purchased a block from robswildwood to use some day on a knife. I cannot think of any negatives for this material. Give it a try. You have me to fall back on if you don’t like it! :D
     
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  4. Rick Lowe

    Rick Lowe KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 6, 2005
    What those guys said, Bob. Good stuff for handles with very interesting grain patterns.
     
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  5. thurin

    thurin Wanderer Platinum Member

    Dec 19, 2012
    I have it on a few knives, including my most carried Fiddleback - a Hiking Buddy. Great figure. Haven't had issues with shrinkage in the dry climate here like I've had with some other woods. Good stuff.
     
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  6. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2017
    Just look at the beauty of Bocote!
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    (the sheath is from John at Badger Claw Leatherworks)
     
  7. SA Condor

    SA Condor Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2014
    I’ve had Bocote on my FF Runt from @Luca917, a Bark River (when I was just beginning to dable with decent fixed blades. It has been gifted to my brother.), and my 2015 BF slipjoint. The BRKT and FF have awesome grain and are real lookers. The BF knife doesn’t share the same beauty, but it still has a nice in hand feel. I put it up there with IW.

    I’ll add some pics later
     
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  8. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

    672
    Apr 3, 2015
    There is a Bocote Duke out there somewhere that is one of the few knives that sticks in my mind of the thousands I've handled and regret not picking up when I had the chance. Everyone should have at least a bit of Bocote in the collection.
     
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  9. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    I think a Bocote 3/32" handyman is what I'm needing. I would even trade my 1/8" TT Osage handlyman for one.
     
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  10. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    I have a very high opinion of Bocote. It is dense and hard and oily and very stable by its nature. However, where Ironwood is heavy it is so dense, Bocote is not. Where Ironwood is greasy it is so oily and destroys belts and leaves a stink on a knifemaker who grinds it, Bocote does not. And where Ironwood will turn very dark when exposed to sunlight, Bocote darkens in a very endearing way. I think it may be the most ideal handle wood there is.

    It is also very pretty stuff.
     
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  11. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2017
    YES, what @Fiddleback says!! and the beauty!! so many variables of grain as well. I will have more!
     
  12. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Apex Predator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 21, 2012
    I approve

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  13. Scotcha

    Scotcha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Bocote is a very nice wood. Here’s one in bocote that I regret letting go.
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  14. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    would love to have that one
     
  15. prom52

    prom52 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    Booyah for Bocote

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  16. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Sexy knives!
     
  17. SA Condor

    SA Condor Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2014
    As promised, here’s my pics.

    Here’s the BRKT Little Creek that I gifted my brother. It’s a pic from when I got my first FF knife. My beloved OD Runt with black and lime green liners. The Runt got lost/stolen :(

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    Here’s my Bocote Runt from our stand up friend Tony! For some reason I can’t find any pics on my phone, so I’ve borrowed Vance’s.

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    Here’s the Canal Street BF 2015 Knife

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  18. crex

    crex

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    Oct 4, 2002
    I like it almost as much as black locust....but not quite. Great wood, very stable and easy to work. I agree with Andy, really not anything like D Ironwood.
     
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  19. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Yes black locusts is nice. Adam bought that sweet one of yours at the gathering.
     

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