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.
Mammoth fossil bone slice 33.4 oz
Mammoth fossil bone slice 1.8 oz
Mammoth fossil bone slice 1.5 ounces
Mammoth tooth large slice 13.7oz
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.
Fossil mammoth ivory chunk 8 oz
Mammoth ivory bark 5 x 2 x 1.5 inches thick. Could be carved, used for scrimshaw, or cut into knife scales. Solid except delamination of layers beginning at one end, but only an inch into material. Could be sealed, clamped, or filled. Solid -will take a polish. Light in color, no variations in color. Outer original tusk lines pattern left intact if desired for knife Handle look or scrim window - carving frame. Might make nice beads.
fossil mammoth ivory bark 13.4oz
Fossil mammoth ivory outter layer 8 x 3 inches a tapered thickness from 1 to 1/4 inch. Fairly solid at least surface is back has a couple of delamination lines that could be made solid. Nice deep colors. Some blue can be brought out. Kniofe scales carving craft material. Nice price for the weight.
Mammoth ivory bark raw 13.2 oz
Alaska mammoth ivory back 13.2 ounces. 5 x 4 x 1/2 inch thick. Ok colors some alligator pattern. Colors not deep, but solid surface and another color layer 1/4 inch in (potential cameo cutting to this layer.) 1/8th of an icn of back is soft and probably not useable. 2 visible natural cracks, rest very solid. (see picture) Price reflects lack of colr depth cracks and soft back. (Better material is twice the price) This should make good knife scales. I'd use this myself, just too busy!
Mammoth ivory bark 5.3 ounces
Mammoth ivory for knife scales. 5 x 3.5 x 1/4 inches thick. Nice color but not going deep. Has major crack but this almost divides the piece in half needed for knife scales each half being at least 1.5 x 5 inches. More flat then is common, again good if making knife scales for larger knife. Back is chalk but not deep, enough to allow easy sanding getting it flat. A somewhat easy project to turn this into a set of valuable scales. A good project for a novice. Finished scales (half an hour work) will double the value.
Mammoth fossil ivory bark 6.6 ounces 2 pieces
Two pieces of fossil mammoth ivory bark about 40,000 years old from Alaska. 5 x 2 x 1/4 inches. 6.6 ounces. Enough material for large hunter knife. Slight curve, possibly filler needed on back for wide knife, depending how handled. Solid colors all the way through. Some gray soft blue here and there. Should polish up nice, good hard material.
Mammoth fossil ivory carving chunk 10.9 oz
40,000 year old mammoth ivory for Alaska. 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches 10.9 ounces. Solid for carving slicing or dicing. Would suit many carving projects. Nice redish tans throughout. Possible blues, looks like good patterns inside. A few minor pits but overall solid.
Mammoth tooth slice
Fossil mammoth tooth slice form Alaska about 40,000 years old. Could be cut for knife scales but a belt buckles, carving or pendants works. 2.5 x 2 x 1/2 an inch. Stabilized, solid. Unusually need diamond tools to work it, hard as a rock. Carbide works but wears out belt fast. Diamond drill to put holes in.