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Marko Tsourkan

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This type of horn is very difficult to get and would typically cost me $15-20 per piece. However, it is of much better quality than buffalo horn I can get here in US for $8/roll that can yield 3 ferrule pieces (although most will have some imperfections).

So, I would like to ask you, would be worth to you an upgrade of $15-20 to a high-quality white marble horn?

I would have to buy 15-20 pieces at a time, so it would be helpful to know before placing an order.

Thanks,

Marko
 

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I think it's one of things, it depends. It depends on what wood you put it with. I don't think you can just swap the black horn with the white marble and say it's good to go. It would have to be something with a nice contrast between the ferrule, spacer and handle. Having said that you have good taste and I think you'd come up with the right look. So if the end result looked really killer, what's an extra $20.
 

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I found white horn goes well with dark woods like ebony and lighter like golden ironwood burl. I would not slap it just on any wood, in fact, I approach it very conservatively, but sometimes color compatibility can be just as powerful as a nice contrast. Putting blond horn on ironwood was an eye opener for me.


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So what exactly does this stuff look like, and what kind of time frame are we talking about?
Would it go well with, for example, a particular block of ironwood burl, and would it significantly delay fabrication of the knife(s)?
In the bigger picture, $20 is not so much.
 

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$20 represents less than 5% of the cost of a $500 knife. I hate to say it's inconsequential, but in that context, I think it is.
 

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I would like to just buy a few pieces from you, as I have been unable to get any.
 

Marko Tsourkan

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So what exactly does this stuff look like, and what kind of time frame are we talking about?
Would it go well with, for example, a particular block of ironwood burl, and would it significantly delay fabrication of the knife(s)?
In the bigger picture, $20 is not so much.
Steve,
I got two pieces a while back for evaluation. One will go on your knife, another on one of the knives in my second order. What I got so far, I like. It's very light horn with dark streaks in it. I should have a handle made in a day or two. It will be orange/pink ironwood and this horn. Then I will work on your handle.

I expect to be some variation in colors, but when you buy 20, you get at least 5 really good ones.

There should be no delay, as I pay the asking price.

So let me do this, I will make two D handles with what I have, and then you guys express your opinion.


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I agree with most of the other posters, it is all about the overall combination on the handle, not just 1 item like the horn. It all has to come together well.
 

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I agree with most of the other posters, it is all about the overall combination on the handle, not just 1 item like the horn. It all has to come together well.
Absolutely. Right now I can think of two types of wood that go well with blond horn - ebony and golden color ironwood.
 

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I really like it, but you knew this already seeing as I bug you about it everytime I see you. A $15-20 upcharge is fine by me.
 

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That's a cheap price to pay for good quality white marble horn.
 

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I found white horn goes well with dark woods like ebony and lighter like golden ironwood burl. I would not slap it just on any wood, in fact, I approach it very conservatively, but sometimes color compatibility can be just as powerful as a nice contrast. Putting blond horn on ironwood was an eye opener for me.


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I personally love that look. That's the one customization I always make if it's available. White horn with golden ironwood looking handle.
 

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I would definitely consider a white marble horn ferrule for the custom I will be ordering from you, once you start a new lineup in January.
 

Marko Tsourkan

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Did you end up making these Marko? I would love to see pictures if so...

I don't know what the difference is between "blonde" and "white."
It's on my to do list.

Cow horn I have is 1" long. It's too short for ferrule, unless it is used in conjunction with a 1/4 thick metal piece at the tip, like Bob Kramer meiji.

I worked out the construction in my head, now need to make a prototype.

Blond and white horn is basically cow/steer horn. There are different grades of cow horn, and once in a while, literally white horn could be found. Best horn comes from South East Asia. Domestic (US) horn has delamination issues.

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