Omega Artworks Ideas: Handle Materials

  • bone on knife handle
  • Black horn
  • horn on knife handle. shows crown area of horn
  • bone on knife handle
bone on knife handle

bone on knife handle

Animal parts Horn antler and bone have been used for millennia as knife handles. Tough, durable and historic.
  • Turquoise.  Several types of turquoise are available.  Light colored, darker as well as lines of black or gold.
  • white turquoise
  • purple sugalite.
  • black onyx
  • Green Malachite.  Swirling patterns of light and dark greens
  • blue lapis lazuli. Deep blue with flecks of gold throughout
  • red jasper
  • Green Jade
  • Red Coral
Red Coral

Red Coral

Gemstone Handles This is a material specially made for use in knife handles. Ground up gemstone material is reconstituted in a resin matrix. It is hard and heavy and feels like the real thing. Size is limited and can break or crack if dropped.
  • Back with gold highlights.
  • Blue. Dark and light blues swirled together.
  • Green. Deep green shot with gold highlights
  • swirling white frosty and elegant
  • Red.  Dark and light reds swirled together
  • Yellow. Light and dark yellows swirled together. Looks a lot like honey and is very popular on our Bee knives.
Yellow. Light and dark yellows swirled together. Looks a lot like honey and is very popular on our Bee knives.

Yellow. Light and dark yellows swirled together. Looks a lot like honey and is very popular on our Bee knives.

Mother of Pearl (synthetic) This is a resin product created for use in knife handles. It has a swirling luminous quality similar to that found in mother of pearl.
  • Olive wood.  A very exciting wood. Swirling patterns of dark and light woods. Makes an exciting handle.
  • Hazelwood.  Not exotic but hard to get.  Hazelwood must be harvested by hand. Not a beautiful wood but it does have specific uses.
  • Almond Wood.  Not really exotic but hard to get depending on where you live. A really beautiful wood very hard with nice grain and a warm color.
  • Ebony.  Dark black ebony always an elegant classic.
  • Holly. The lightest wood there is. Represents light. Tight grained and hard. Not really exotic but can be hard to find good quality and longer lengths.
Holly. The lightest wood there is. Represents light. Tight grained and hard. Not really exotic but can be hard to find good quality and longer lengths.

Holly. The lightest wood there is. Represents light. Tight grained and hard. Not really exotic but can be hard to find good quality and longer lengths.

Exotic Woods We try not to use very many endangered or exotic woods. However we will work with a client on special requests. These woods are more rare and hard to find or require special ordering (at least here in Minnesota)
  • Ash wood.  similar to oak but with a very straight grain.
  • Cherry.  Hard and warm colored with a tight grain.
  • Maple.  light colored and tight grained.  Works well for coloring and dyeing.
  • Oak.  Always a favorite. A classic wood with history.  Grain is deep and always visible.
  • Walnut or Black Walnut.  Hard and dense with an elegant dark brown color.
  • Cedar. Beautiful light tans and dark red colors.  This is a soft wood and can scratch and dent. Has been used on some of our Egyptian items.
Cedar. Beautiful light tans and dark red colors.  This is a soft wood and can scratch and dent. Has been used on some of our Egyptian items.

Cedar. Beautiful light tans and dark red colors. This is a soft wood and can scratch and dent. Has been used on some of our Egyptian items.

Domestic Woods We can use just about any domestic wood available. Just let us know what you are interested in. Here are some samples of woods we use on a regular basis.
  • yellow dyed holly
  • Green dyed holly
  • Black dyed holly
  • Holly wood dyed red
  • maple wood dyed purple
maple wood dyed purple

maple wood dyed purple

Dyed Woods We can take light colored woods such as maple and holly and hand dye them to the color of your choice. Dying allows for some of the grain to show through and look like wood and not just painted. We previously used a product called Dymondwood for colored woods and multi color effects but the factory burned down with no replacement in sight.
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Bog Oak Bog Oak is oak wood that is thousands of years old, it is recovered from ancient bogs. The wood is a deep blue black. This is a special request item and does add to the overall cost.

Dymondwood™ is a registered trademark of Rutland Plywood.