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Thread: black palm handle.

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    black palm handle.

    Hi,has anyone ever seen or know of a wa handle being made from a block of black palm?

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    Mar 2011
    Houston TX
    I am working on one now. Its Red Palm actually. I think Stefan has made them in the past too.

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    Feb 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    The third post in this thread contains one by Butch.

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    I've got a piece I've yet to do anything with. Just haven't found the right knife. I don't love black palm, but it is a really interesting block.

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    I should add it's stabilized. The reason black palm wa handles are not common is because unstabilized palm is a PITA to work with.

    Kinda funny, you see a ton of black palm in straight razors and brushes.

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    I would not attempt to use palm without having it professionally stabilized 1st.
    That said stabilized palm makes great looking handles.
    I like a diagonal cut the best. That way it shows the dots without giving up it's natural strength.
    If you use straight, crosscut, end grain palm make sure it is supported by a tang or dowel inside to keep it from breaking.
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    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
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    I made a few and while I like the looks, I am not a big fan of working with it. I had several crack on me even after stabilizing - or maybe hidden cracks happened during stabilizing. I now just try to break a piece intentionally before I work with it. If it survives, I give it a try... This is mostly for the cross-cut pieces. Cut lengthwise, they may still splinter a bit but are much easier to work. More than any other wood, palm wood is more like a bundle of fibers.


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