The purpose of this thread is to get some input from the handle and knife makers.
Do you want cheaper handle material?
What I am talking about would be stabilized woods but with light to medium figure.
Currently I try to use the best woods I can get my hands on but some of it can get pretty spendy.
Most of my stabilized blocks can start at just under $40 and go up to $100+.
When I cut up wood there can be a lot left over that is not super dramatic but still way nicer than what you would find in a lumber store.
I was wondering if you guys would be interested in less dramatic stabilized wood that would be selling in the $20 to $30 range.
What prompted this was a recent phone call where a knife maker was going to do a run of about 100 knives and he wanted stabilized blocks in the $20 to $25 range. Thinking back I get calls like this monthly. It wouldn't make sense to keep large quantities of medium grade stabilized blocks on hand just in case a company needs them for a special run of knives. But if you guys would be interested in blocks like this for less expensive knives that you make, that changes everything.
Thank You in advance for your input.
If there is enough positive response I have a lot of medium figure wood ready to go to K&G for stabilizing.