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*snicker* Intercourse.... *heh, heh*
Contact info follows.
I stopped at Village Knives after visiting the Keystone Knife show in Lewisburg, Pa in Feb this year (2016).
The the show and a stop afterwards at the Pennsylvania Dutch Country which is a few hours away was a great off season inexpensive vacation. Off season hotel prices were way below what we have in New England.
4134 Old Philadelphia PikePO BOX 576Intercourse, PA 17534
Where in Pa Dutch Country is Village Knives? Do they have a website? I have heard of County Knives in Intercourse Pa.
I like the look of knives with handles made of quality rare wood. My EDC is a Case with what I believe is chestnut.
Rare Woods USA is an extremely large importer of rare woods in Mexico, Maine (town in Maine USA) that stocks three kinds of Ebony (all are available in stock):
Ebony Macassar-Having a variegated stripy figure, this wood is highly sought after for decorative purposes. Good for turnery, knife handles, and musical instrument fingerboards. Extremely rare.
EbonyAfrican-This timber has very high bending and crushing strength, with high stiffness and resistance to shock loads. This is a very hard wood to work with hand or machine tools, with severe blunting effect on cutting edges. Gluing is good, and it can be polished to an excellent finish. Uses-Tool, cutlery and knife handles, piano and organ keys
Ebony Indian-Extremely dense and heavy which makes it difficult to work, but beautiful to turn. Almost pitch black, this is the wood formerly used for piano keys. Turns and carves well with sharp tools. Used for decorative purposes, knife handles and musical instrument fingerboards.
Rare Woods USA has any wood a knife maker could imagine. They have 500,000 bd ft of exotic hardwoods. They have specialty areas such as a music room that supplies wood used in music. I have been there.
The info supplied is from The Rare woods web site.
Some Ebony is easier to come by that others.
Gaboon is a cites listed wood but Madagascar is not. Most of what we see in recent years is Madagascar
I am a wood handle fanatic! I love it and I collect them.
I was recently introduced to Great Eastern and I picked up a Stag Sunfish at Village Cutlery in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. My collection has other stags and bone handled knives and an occasional Ebony by other manufacturers, many aged.
Some well known manufacturers do not offer much in wood handled knives. The collector value seemed to be less in value. Today wood is gaining an audience...it is less likely to crack if dropped and looks good. Great Eastern has a large line of wood handled knives. I was told that there are 80,000 kinds of wood. It was told to me that ebony is difficult to come by in large pieces-small pieces could be smuggled and hand carried.
There are some great GEC deals being offered here
GEC Tidioute Huckleberry Boys Knife Rust Red Jig Bone 1-Arm 2-Blade #15A214SL $70
GEC Tidioute Huckleberry Boys Knife Rust Red Jig Bone 2 Blade # 153215 $70
GEC Farm & Field Farmer Lock Black Delrin #992114LB $50
GEC Farm & Field Farmer Lock Orange Delrin #715113 $50
Yeah, I found that out the hard way. Most of the Bokers I have are the Boker Tree brand trapperlocks which are German, but I made the mistake of getting a few Boker Magnums and MAN, what a difference in the fit and finish - very rough, loose fittings, bad tolerances (handle material stopped 1/8" from the bolster). BUT they were cheap, so at least I didn't lose my shirt on them. I tighten and smooth what I can and superglue the rest.
Richard. I live the pictures. You taste in knives is about the same as mine. Be careful of the Boker knives as many are not made in Germany. I found this on their web site:
Thank you! I nearly traded it...Actually I DID trade it (for a ZT 0350) and felt really bad doing so, but luckily the ZT owner thought the 23 was too big for him, so I exchanged it for a 72 spearpoint lockback in ebony, which was still a nice knife, but if I had to choose, I'm taking the 23 every time. It had a very difficult pull at first, but I sent it back to GEC and it came home much improved, from a 9 down to a 6 or 7, still stiff but manageable. The Ben Hogan is a dream, I'd love to get a blue camel version. I'm still looking out for a 63 templar in green kirinite...
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