Our knives feature a variety of handle materials. This gives our artisan craftsmen options to construct finely tuned knives to accomplish specific tasks. When properly cared for, all can be long-lasting. Some need a little maintenance. Some are very low maintenance. Below are descriptions of some of the materials we use in handle construction:
For the Micarta handle, liquidus phenolics are used to saturate fibrous materials such as linen, cloth, canvas, and paper. This process converts the material into an extremely tough, hardened substance that makes an excellent choice for a knife handle. Our craftsmen then transform it into unique finishes and appearances that are tough as well as water and wear resistant. It's a basically no-maintenance.
Pakkawood is a composite material created using wood veneers that are then impregnated with a phenolic resin. The result is a remarkably durable and potentially vivid material that makes for an extremely stout, wear resistant knife handle. Pakkawood handles are built to withstand the rigors of day to day usage with low maintenance. The occasional danish or tung oil treatment keeps it fresh and looking good.
Wood-resin is a very special handle material that surrounds natural wood or other organic material in a water-resistant encasement. This preserves the look and feel of the natural material (e.g., wood, antlers, etc.). Additionally, it provides a lustrous shine along with making the handle remarkably durable. Again, danish or tung oil treatment restores the finish and gives the handle a very nice lustre.