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What is Grivory?

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by RUNIT, May 5, 2012.

  1. Wolf_1989


    Mar 30, 2007
    Didn't that happen in a Cheech & Chong movie?
  2. Hawk590


    Oct 2, 2011
    I was just laughing with the wife. My little sister many years ago asked about a Naugahide jacket of a cousins and my uncle had her going for a while about the small and nimble Nauga that is native to south america.

    I hate that Runit got his feelings hurt, but the fun around here comes at a cost sometimes. No harm meant, just have to know the type of people you are dealing with here. We are equal opportunity snarkers around here. I have been hit a time or two too!
  3. Toooj


    Aug 8, 2006

    The Camillus Becker Handles were made in Taiwan. when KA-BAR took over making Becker, we redesigned the handles and had them made at another Taiwanese company. Just because it says "Grivory" doesn't necessarily mean it's actually Grivory. Sometimes it's an equivalent product; sometimes it's not even close. We try very hard to get what we spec out.

    The handles will now be made in the US but by one of our best molding sub contractors.
    Hope this helps.

    Best Regards,

    Paul Tsujimoto
    Sr Eng
    Prod Dev and Qual
    KA-BAR Knives
  4. rkmoore

    rkmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Tooj bringing a man sized serving of knowledge and once again saving us from ourselves.
    Thanks man!
  5. Mack

    Mack Sailin' a reach, before a followin' sea... Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Suffice it to say that the next day you will think that you had swallowed a cheese grater.:eek:
  6. rokclmb


    May 21, 2011
    On that link that Runit posted in his question there is another link to a video where they lift a small car using a bushing made of Grivory! That gives me a whole new respect for the toughness of this material.
  7. sqoon


    Jan 1, 2010
    Ya hear that, boys? American made Zytel. That is very, very cool. I love hearing about things being brought back stateside.

    Thank you for the info, sir.
  8. K9-Handler


    Jan 27, 2012
    For those that haven't figured it out, Naugahyde is a synthetic product of cloth adhered to vinyl, typically used for old car interiors and the covering of cheap furniture. There was an ad campaign in the '60s and '70s showing the mythical "nauga" that produced the hide, but it was OK because no naugas were killed to get the hide -- they shed it! :D The name is actually from the town of Naugatuck, CT, (a few miles from where I grew up) where Naugahyde was developed and produced at the US Rubber (later "Uniroyal") plant that employed most of the town.
  9. bearcrusher


    May 8, 2012
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  10. bearcrusher


    May 8, 2012
    Is posting photos a test?
  11. bearcrusher


    May 8, 2012
    Last edited: May 9, 2012
  12. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    Hey Runit.......

    I do hope after a bit of a rough entry That you decide to stick around and give the snark back to the snarkers-----They will enjoy it and I hope you do too.....

    A bit of a historical note....The first Becker handles of high strength glass reinforced engineering resin(plastic)was of 60% Zytel.......They were a bit thinner and solid and I beat the crap out of acouple with a 5 Pound sledge on an anvil and they did not break......cosmetically unfortunate but, still in one piece...I was impressed......I listened to a slick talking sales guy who sold me on a urethane "alloy" that was supposed to be stronger, it may have been but it was a bitch to mold.....Back to Zytel.....Phil Gibbs had a thing for Grivory which is great stuff and his favorite molder liked it......Some unnammed soul in the great frozen northeast of Canada froze the scales in a freezer for a week or two and smacked them with an Iron bar on concrete and felt they were not rugged enough because after awhile they broke, oh well I on the the otherhand was impressed.....Micarta is more rugged but It don't mold at all.......So we have closed the circle and we are back where we started which ain't a bad place to be in this case......

    Stick around the natives are ALWAYS restless but they are funny and eventually helpfull......

    Thanks for your interest in stuff Becker....

    All best ....

  13. woody d

    woody d Banned BANNED

    Jan 29, 2010
    a very informative thread....i learned about the mysterious Becker handles and lizards as well. thanks to all :D
  14. RUNIT


    Mar 26, 2011
    Thanks a bunch Ethan! Always nice to here from the man himself.

    I have a new appreciation for the natives once I understood their language. ;)
  15. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    Hey Runit....

    I had a suspicion you'd catch on quick......LOL......Welcome...

  16. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    A quick note......60% above denotes glass content and I tHINK it was 60% but that was a long time ago....And, for the record, the very first Machaxes had American Black Walnut scales with 5 brass cutlers rivets holding them on......I soondiscovered that cutlers rivets should never be used on hacking and chopping tools as they tend to work loose from the repeated impacts sooner, rather than later....

  17. RUNIT


    Mar 26, 2011
    Pics or it didn't happen.

    Am I catching on? :)
  18. DaxMan


    Mar 26, 2012

    Important question, did you swallow head first or tail first?

  19. rivertamer

    rivertamer Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 16, 2011
    Oh yea.... That's the spirit.... You will fit right in... Lol
  20. gunn


    Dec 6, 2011
    Maybe it was already covered but grivory is actually Swiss GV6H thermoplastic polymer for those who wanted to know.

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