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Thoughts on Bolsters?

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by lmalterna, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. lmalterna

    lmalterna Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    I have a question that will not stop rattling around. First we saw bolsters of metal, antler or Mother of Pearl, then synthetics like micarta.

    Why not wood bolsters on a fixed blade?

    Like Osage slabs with Bloodwood bolsters. Or Ironwood bolstered with Indian Rosewood. It might be a nice way to use up smaller bits of very nice burl.

    Just curious if there is a good reason I do not see this being done.

  2. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    It’s been done a few times and they look great. Below are a couple I think of every time it comes up. I lifted these pics from the forum so I hope that’s ok with the owners.


  3. David L

    David L Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    Yes! Yes! Yes! We do need more wood bolstered knives! There are not many out there and some vanished with members that are no longer around. Here are 3 that I have but 2 other awesome ones have passed through my hands on their way to better homes. I will admit that Micarta bolsters might make more sense from a durability standpoint because that area comes in contact with water more or maybe the smaller pieces are more fragile to work with but who cares wood bolsters are awesome.


    Two that got away

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    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018
  4. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    Thanks to David L......
  5. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    I remember seeing that Lil' Lady when it first came up last year. I normally prefer smaller bolsters, but this Lady is probably the most attractive of all the Fiddlebacks I've seen.
    David L and Lady1911 like this.
  6. Scotcha

    Scotcha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Wood bolsters are AWESOME!!!
  7. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    I really like the idea of the wooden bolster paired with of, say... Micarta!, or even another wood. I'd definitely love to see more of them show up from the various makers who read these forums!
    Lady1911 and Tutone like this.
  8. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    We do them from time to time. I guess we should do more!
  9. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    Bolsters are cool! I prefer the smaller bolsters though.
  10. Kal-El

    Kal-El Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 30, 2010
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018
    David L and varga49 like this.

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