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    Need advice please - What looks best?

    I need a little help from the forum members because I am having trouble making a decision what looks best.
    I was hoping you could tell me which of these you like the best and which you like the least.

    I just got an old plank of Zebrano, or Zebra Wood. I never paid much attention to this wood in the past, but at the Oregon knife show a friend used this wood on a couple of his knives and he asked me to get some and have it stabilized.

    How I cut the wood makes a really big difference in how it looks.
    I will be cutting it up and sending it to K&G on Monday for stabilizing. So before I cut it all into blocks I thought I should find out what all of you like.

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    In furniture applications you usually see it crosscut.. I also like this the best of your choices.
    Second the bias..especially depending on the shape of the handle...think Nguyen..

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    Cross cut and bias look the most unique to me, the other options look kind of plain but I could be wrong.

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    Cross cut and bias would be my vote


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    My bias (so to speak) is that the patterns on the wood ought to be more or less parallel to the long axis of the handle. I'd vote for quarter and flat.

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    I like the flat cut & quarter sawn, I've seen some Zebra wood handles by Butch that looked like that and they were really nice, they also look the most Zebra like to me.

    The cross cut looks a bit like the pattern in Mammoth tooth to me
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    I usually will not cut blocks for end grain because that leaves you with the weakest possible piece.
    But sometimes it can work.
    I cut some 1/4" thick end grain strips and it took more pressure to break than a flat sawn strip of maple burl.
    Still I would suggest end grain blocks be used on hidden tang knives for the most strength.

    Here I tried a bias cut with the thinner stripes on the face. This way the stripes on the edge are not such a pronounced angle.
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    I like that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Von blewitt View Post
    I like that
    Me too.
    This way has less open pores on the faces (easier to finish).
    Still maintains 70% of the maximum strength.
    And to me it looks right.
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    I love the crosscut because of its uniqueness. I'll take one! That second bias cut ain't bad either.
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