"I have added some photos;
Some close-up photos of the iPak tracker handle showing the material gap appears to be consistent all the way around the handle.
A couple of photos of the iPak kukri style showing a close-up of the handle and the condition…"
"Wow! Again, thank you both for all of the information. I am new to the world of quality knives and knife collecting. Other than 2 Gerber knives I bought new back in the mid-80s, and the iPak I showed you, I don't own any quality collectable…"
"Oh Oh...me too!
In fact, consider joining and posting your knife to the KuKri group created by Dead Left Knife Guy (a.k.a. DLKG). It's been a while since anyone has posted there, so yours would be a welcomed delight. DLKG did a great job…"
"Micarta is a composite of (we normally see cloth fiber) some sort of fiber that is saturated with resin and compressed. Because of the very high resin percentage, it is a super stable handle material because it does not absorb water or oil…"
"Yep - again I agree with Kevin. Because horn, bone, and leather are natural materials, they have a "life", even when not serving as living tissue. It's important to think in these terms, which can be difficult to do in a world of…"
"Sheep horn is normally pretty stable. I wax mine up just to keep everything with a layer of preservation stuff on it. A light oil should work well on it as well. kind of like wiping a rifle down after you clean it after a day of…"
"Lars Ray, Thank you for the info. I do appreciate your time and knowledge. Do know of anything that can be applied to the sheep horn handle to maintain it? I do have the sheath. Thanks.
I forgot to mention to Kevin D that I also purchased an…"
"Oh - nice acquisition. Kevin is correct in that you have an older model of an iPAK knife. The blade style is a much copied variation of the Tom Brown "Tracker" by TOPS Knives. And true, this blade style was a featured in The Hunted (super…"
"CFK iPak seems to really like using D2, so I believe that your guess of D2 is a good one. The other alloying elements in D2 should make it pretty straight forward to verify though.
The blade design is very similar to that seen in the 2003…"
"I recently acquired both of these knives. I was unable to locate a similar iPak skinner on the internet. I believe the steel is D2, but I don't know what the handle is made from. Possibly bone or horn? The skinner has file work on the…"