A few of the knife makers have asked about matching pieces for saya and handles.
Since stabilized wood for the saya is not a good idea I was trying to think of what sort of wood would be a good choice.
Here are my thoughts, but I was hoping also to get some input from your perspective. Hopefully both knife makers and knife users will give their input.
My thoughts were to;
Select wood that is fancy, but not so dramatic that the overall cost of the wood would make the project cost prohibitive. Unless there are some who would be willing to pay what it takes for matching high end Koa and other expensive woods.
Select wood that would be tough enough to withstand normal handling without marring, but not so hard that they scratch the blade.
This is my first selection. There will be others to follow as I select pieces based on what you guys tell me and what I come across.
The wood in this photo is a piece of what was slow growing, old growth redwood. When I counted the growth rings at the end of the piece there were more than 20 rings per inch. This redwood is about twice the weight of normal redwood because of the density.
It is not nearly as dramatic as some of the redwood burl and curly redwood but still kind of cool (I think). It finishes darker when sanded finer. This piece is only sanded to 120 grit.
For size I was thinking about 2&1/2" wide x 1&1/8" thick x 18" long so a 12" long saya and 6" matching handle could be cut.
Cost for a piece like this would probably range from $50 and up depending on the individual piece.
What do you guys think?
Should I start cutting pieces like this for my webstore?
Is there a market for high end wood cut like this? ...even if the cost was 2X or 3X as much.
Is this something you would use?