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    You certainly have a great talent and it shows!!

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    Great work. Love musk ox horn. Would love to try it.

    Did you end up dyeing wood to match the handles, or is it un-stabilized (on the handles)?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    Great work. Love musk ox horn. Would love to try it.

    Did you end up dyeing wood to match the handles, or is it un-stabilized (on the handles)?
    Thanks Marko.
    The handles are stabilized and the sayas are both made of light curly maple dyed to match each handle.

    Thank you all for your kind comments. Most of my knowledge and inspiration I actually get from seeing what you all present here on the forum. There is a lot of good information and great inspiration to be found around here.

    DarKHOeK

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    This is probably a dumb question.
    Would using stabilized wood for the saya cause problems?
    scratches, tough to carve, or?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    This is probably a dumb question.
    Would using stabilized wood for the saya cause problems?
    scratches, tough to carve, or?
    Stabilized wood in a saya has pros and cons. On the upside you would have less shrinkage issues making a perfectly fitted saya made in one environment shrink and get to small in a dryer environment.You can also avoid some warping issues but as the saya is made out of two pieces of wood and the knife hopefully is placed in the saya in a dry state, warping will not be much of an issue.

    On the con side a saya made from stabilized wood would be air tight and cause rust problems pretty quickly. It might also be so hard it would wear the edge more, but if the fit is right, that shoud not be a problem. It would definately be harder to shape and process with normal wood carving tools and japanese planes.

    Besides it is very hard to find stabilising services that would accept 12" pieces of wood for stabilisation.

    Bottom line is, as far as I am concerned, the main issue would be the air tight properties of the stabilized wood making the knives rust pretty quickly as any moisture is trapped in the saya.
    By using natural oils and waxes on the saya it will be possible to make a near perfect match between a natural saya and a stabilized handle from the same wood block, so if you would consider to cut a couple of 12"x2,5"x3/8" boards and stabilize a 6"x1"x1" block from the board I would be very interested.


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    Harald,
    Thanks for the info.
    I will be in touch soon for a bit of further info so I can get you what you need.

    If you ever do need longer stabilized pieces K&G will do up to 24" long.
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    Can I ask where you get your Musk Ox horn from? Those are incredibly beautiful, by the way. Really stunning pieces!

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    You must be getting very well aged musk ox horn that has been treated with loving care. A lot of it isn't and it has the reputation of moving very badly.
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkhoek View Post
    That's one of the things I love the most about the musk. It takes up the colour from the underlying material and "auto match" to it. Great feature for a material.
    It is also very nice to work with, doesn't crack or shrink, polishes well and looks spectacular. Only down side...$$$$$$ It's insanely costly.

    DarKHOeK

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    Couldn't that be stabilized? Dang, I missed a few opportunities to pick up some musk horn - lack of imagination on my side, I didn't see how great it would look.

    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    Couldn't that be stabilized? Dang, I missed a few opportunities to pick up some musk horn - lack of imagination on my side, I didn't see how great it would look.

    Stefan
    Well it was a lot of money to throw out a dark window hoping for some good to happen. I took a phone call to the guy in the shop before ordering and got some kind of assurance from him that the horn was well seasoned and stable and ready for use. Still, considering the price paid, it was quite a plunge I believe it paid off somehow, even if going back to dull brown or black horns now seems almost unthinkable

    DarKHOeK

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