Fossil knife handle materials
link to fossil mammoth ivory
This is where I offer fossil material other then mammoth ivory for knife handle material. This includes fossil bones, teeth bogwood etc. I am a knife maker myself so use this material and can answer questions you may have. Most of these fossils are from interior Alaska that I find myself and are about 40,000 years old. Some fossils like round bones are best for hidden tang style knives. Check to make sure the material will work for your projects! The prices here will be less than fossil ivory prices.
fossil bison rib bone
A 50,000 year old bison rib bone suitable for hidden tang knife handle, or other carving projects. 9 inches long x an oval 1 x 2 inches. Center core has been reskin impregnated so is not soft, adding to strength and ability to hold knife tang. Could be sliced for pendants or buttons. Nice tan color. Hard, will take high polish. Can be carved or turned on lathe. Weighs 10 ounces. No soft spots or cracks. Slight imperfection as shown in picture on the end, effects 1/16th inch of the material.
Raw fossil bison bone
5.3 ounces 6 inches long, and 1.5 inches in diameter. Fits well in hand as a knife handle. Hollow so hidden tang style blade slides right in. Just fill with glue - put a guard and end cap on. See one of the photos for example how it could be used for handle. 40,000 year old fossil bone from the Tanana river in Alaska. I found this along the river. There are prehistoric chew marks that could be preserved. Hard, will take a polish. This is material I use all the time for my own knives. Holds sup well. Very unique for special knife.
Dinosaur bone scales 2 ounces
Set of dinosaur bone scales cut for knife handle but good for other projects. 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches. Stable, no crack or soft spots. Will take nice polish light blue spots
Mammoth fossil bone slice 33.4 oz
4 .75 x 2 x a tapering thickness of 1/2 to 1/4 inches. Slightly porous back has been filled and sanded. Cut to be used for knife scales about large folder but might not fit hunter style fixed blade. Or good for mosaic work inlay guards end caps jewelry etc. usually not seen on the market, this is 50,000 year old bone. Natural other then back filler. Less expensive then ivory, with a nice fossil look. Could be scimmed, takes a high polish.
Mammoth fossil bone slice 1.8 oz
4.5 x 2 x even 1/4 thick. Back has some filler in soft spots, otherwise natural. A set of scales could b e made for large folder. I almost offered this in a set with same item either the 1.5 or 3.4 ounce pieces. Decided a tad thin for larger knife use. Unusual material not often seen on the market, so somewhat exotic. Lower price then ivory. Takes nice polish, is strong. Could be cut up for inlays jewelry etc.
Mammoth fossil bone slice 1.5 ounces
5 x 2 x 1/4 inches. One side has blue filler other side roughly stabilized to fill major pours. Leaving the option to use this rough for 'no slip' knife scales. Will take a polish and is strong. Not a material normally available so 'exotic.' Lower price then ivory. Bone found on Cosna River interior Alaska.
Mammoth tooth large slice 13.7oz
Nice chunk of solid mamamoth tooth with one side cut and polished. 3 x 2.5 x 2 inches. Lots of uses, sliced for knife scales, carving, just display. This is a close to rock hard material. A band saw with normal wood blade will cut it but after 3-4 slices will be dull. (so about $3 a slice if done this way.) I use a diamond rock saw. Some preparation work has been done I am not calling 'stablized' but cracks filled with glue, mostly on the outside so will not come apart when cutting. Might be fine natural as is or yo may decide to stabilize. This tooth comes from an area carbon dated to 40,000 years old from the interior of Alaska I found myself.
Mammoth tooth slice set 6.6 ounces
Set of mammoth tooth slices traditionaly sold for knife handle scales but could have other uses. 2 x 3 inches, 1/4 inch thick. Almost rock hard but can be worked with belt sander, normal cutting tools- just hard on tools if it's not rock equipment. These are all natural slices in dyed ungtreated. Could possibly get two knife scale sets. I would not choose this as scrimshaw material as there is alternating harder and softer layers. Wonderful colors, rare unique material.
Mammoth tooth slice set 8.3 ounces
Mammoth tooth set 4 x 2 x 1/4 inches thick. Cut for knife scales but could have other uses. Nice large set would fit any knife project like bowie or sword. This has been stabilized but not dyed. The darkest brow area are stabilizing resin, otherwise this set would fall apart. Very hard materil, I suggest diamond tools to work it, however normal sanding belts work or wood tools, it's just hard on them. Rare unique material
Mammoth bone scale set 6.4 ounces
Mammoth bone 40,000 years old from interior Alaska. 4 x 1.5 x 1/2 inch thick. Offered as knife scale set but can have other uses. Would carve or accept scrimshaw well. Hard, takes nice polish, very dense. Works like a hardwood but no grain. Very strong almost indistructible as handle material. All natural, not needing stabilizing, no dyes.