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Marko Tsourkan
12-15-2011, 04:36 PM
This type of horn is very difficult to get and would typically cost me $15-20 per piece. However, it is of much better quality than buffalo horn I can get here in US for $8/roll that can yield 3 ferrule pieces (although most will have some imperfections).

So, I would like to ask you, would be worth to you an upgrade of $15-20 to a high-quality white marble horn?

I would have to buy 15-20 pieces at a time, so it would be helpful to know before placing an order.

Thanks,

Marko

99Limited
12-15-2011, 05:47 PM
I think it's one of things, it depends. It depends on what wood you put it with. I don't think you can just swap the black horn with the white marble and say it's good to go. It would have to be something with a nice contrast between the ferrule, spacer and handle. Having said that you have good taste and I think you'd come up with the right look. So if the end result looked really killer, what's an extra $20.

Marko Tsourkan
12-15-2011, 06:20 PM
I found white horn goes well with dark woods like ebony and lighter like golden ironwood burl. I would not slap it just on any wood, in fact, I approach it very conservatively, but sometimes color compatibility can be just as powerful as a nice contrast. Putting blond horn on ironwood was an eye opener for me.


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Cipcich
12-15-2011, 07:13 PM
So what exactly does this stuff look like, and what kind of time frame are we talking about?
Would it go well with, for example, a particular block of ironwood burl, and would it significantly delay fabrication of the knife(s)?
In the bigger picture, $20 is not so much.

Pensacola Tiger
12-15-2011, 07:27 PM
$20 represents less than 5% of the cost of a $500 knife. I hate to say it's inconsequential, but in that context, I think it is.

mhenry
12-15-2011, 08:00 PM
I would like to just buy a few pieces from you, as I have been unable to get any.

Marko Tsourkan
12-15-2011, 08:15 PM
So what exactly does this stuff look like, and what kind of time frame are we talking about?
Would it go well with, for example, a particular block of ironwood burl, and would it significantly delay fabrication of the knife(s)?
In the bigger picture, $20 is not so much.

Steve,
I got two pieces a while back for evaluation. One will go on your knife, another on one of the knives in my second order. What I got so far, I like. It's very light horn with dark streaks in it. I should have a handle made in a day or two. It will be orange/pink ironwood and this horn. Then I will work on your handle.

I expect to be some variation in colors, but when you buy 20, you get at least 5 really good ones.

There should be no delay, as I pay the asking price.

So let me do this, I will make two D handles with what I have, and then you guys express your opinion.


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Eamon Burke
12-15-2011, 09:06 PM
The ironwood handle with a blonde ferrule was in fact amazing.

Mingooch
12-15-2011, 09:43 PM
I agree with most of the other posters, it is all about the overall combination on the handle, not just 1 item like the horn. It all has to come together well.

Marko Tsourkan
12-16-2011, 12:43 AM
I agree with most of the other posters, it is all about the overall combination on the handle, not just 1 item like the horn. It all has to come together well.

Absolutely. Right now I can think of two types of wood that go well with blond horn - ebony and golden color ironwood.

JohnnyChance
12-16-2011, 01:00 AM
I really like it, but you knew this already seeing as I bug you about it everytime I see you. A $15-20 upcharge is fine by me.

chazmtb
12-16-2011, 01:02 AM
That's a cheap price to pay for good quality white marble horn.

Marko Tsourkan
12-16-2011, 10:01 AM
I will try to procure it then.

Thank you for your input.

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phan1
12-23-2011, 01:59 AM
I found white horn goes well with dark woods like ebony and lighter like golden ironwood burl. I would not slap it just on any wood, in fact, I approach it very conservatively, but sometimes color compatibility can be just as powerful as a nice contrast. Putting blond horn on ironwood was an eye opener for me.


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I personally love that look. That's the one customization I always make if it's available. White horn with golden ironwood looking handle.

cnochef
12-24-2011, 06:04 PM
I would definitely consider a white marble horn ferrule for the custom I will be ordering from you, once you start a new lineup in January.

Marko Tsourkan
12-24-2011, 09:29 PM
I am waiting for a sample to arrive.

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apicius9
12-24-2011, 09:34 PM
I am waiting for a sample to arrive.

M

Just wonderng: Is that a from a new source?

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
12-24-2011, 09:36 PM
Yes, so I don't know what the quality is yet.

Johnny.B.Good
03-12-2012, 10:19 PM
So let me do this, I will make two D handles with what I have, and then you guys express your opinion.

Did you end up making these Marko? I would love to see pictures if so...

I don't know what the difference is between "blonde" and "white."

Marko Tsourkan
03-13-2012, 02:11 AM
Did you end up making these Marko? I would love to see pictures if so...

I don't know what the difference is between "blonde" and "white."

It's on my to do list.

Cow horn I have is 1" long. It's too short for ferrule, unless it is used in conjunction with a 1/4 thick metal piece at the tip, like Bob Kramer meiji.

I worked out the construction in my head, now need to make a prototype.

Blond and white horn is basically cow/steer horn. There are different grades of cow horn, and once in a while, literally white horn could be found. Best horn comes from South East Asia. Domestic (US) horn has delamination issues.

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