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    Water resistant / non slip handle materials

    I'm looking at getting a Deba rehandled, and I'm after suggestions for a water resistant material that would also be non slip.
    I'd probably prefer something synthetic.
    All suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    Huw
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    Huw , lots of handle makers prefer buffing or finishing on high grits to leave very glossy look , I think a hardwood that's finished little less shiny should also do the trick or maybe stag antler before you look for artificial material

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    Isn't this why plain old ho-wood is so favoured?

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    Micarta, raffir and corrian should all works fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Asteger View Post
    Isn't this why plain old ho-wood is so favoured?
    I think ho-wood is favored only because it's cheap. IMO burned chestnut both looks and feels much better the ho-wood.

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    I would go with the "D.T. ITK" style, unfinished cocobola with micarta ferrule. Cocobola has so much natural oil that water won't faze it, but also has a pretty open grain that will give you a good grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icanhaschzbrgr View Post
    Micarta, raffir and corrian should all works fine.


    I think ho-wood is favored only because it's cheap. IMO burned chestnut both looks and feels much better the ho-wood.

    Left unoiled, when Ho gets wet the grain raises improving grip.

    In my experience corian etc are much more slippery when wet unless you texture them, but the texturing acts as a crud trap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asteger View Post
    Isn't this why plain old ho-wood is so favoured?
    Quote Originally Posted by icanhaschzbrgr View Post
    I think ho-wood is favored only because it's cheap. IMO burned chestnut both looks and feels much better the ho-wood.
    Quote Originally Posted by TB_London View Post
    Left unoiled, when Ho gets wet the grain raises improving grip.
    Haha, yes. Don't doubt the wisdom of the elders! They must use it for a reason. ... Chestnut is fine for me too, and they do have those grains, but I've still thought ho is less slippery and not necessarily worse-looking, depending of course. I've also noticed how the unoiled handles are gripy-er. Thanks for the explanation.

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    Or you can go crocodile leather in wrapped in wood and stabilised if you want go full Crocodile Dundee

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    Micarta would work well, but I'm not sure how it would look for the whole handle. When wet the exposed fibers raise similar to wood grain, and it is water proof. you can finish it to your desired level of grip without issue. Different colors available as well to customize.

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    Grippiest that I can think of is G10 (like micarta, but with fiberglass instead of linen or canvas). Not the most fun to work with, though (again, glass fiber).

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