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Bulk ivory by the pound see first item for sale. Note - you can save a lot of money letting me pick suitable pieces for your projects by the pound.
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I find most fossil myself in interior Alaska. I do all my own cutting- polishing. My goal is to offer good quality at lowest price. shop time being $60 a hour, my material tends to be rougher cut than some, accurate to the nearest 1/16th of an inch. My view is, you are cutting re-polishing anyhow, why pay me to make it a perfect rectangle?
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Mammoth fossil ivory $50 to $300 a lb
Fossil mammoth ivory sold by the pound, for best price. I pick it out. If not satisfied return for refund. Less $ if I do not have to photo, describe, list, keep track of. I have way more material then I can individually list. It can be as much as half the price buying bulk. It requires you trust my choices. Otherwise order the individual items listed elsewhere. Link to my how to videos
So choose a price per pound which is a quality of grade. Here is a link to help understand grades. Ivory grades View enclosed pictures to see the differences in what a pound looks like. Read each category if you do not understand. If you already understand press on, stop reading! To help you best I need to know your use. Usually one of these, knife maker, scrimshaw work, lathe pen or bagpipe parts, small carvings. Pendants and inlays, or display. I understand these uses. Example: A $300 a pound for display might be tapered so it stands, but a knife maker will not want any taper in his $300 pound. Scrim folks need hard, light color, but may accept irregular shapes. Lathe people will be hard to please as they need hard too get thickness and may require $300 a pound goods.
$50 a pound This is usually grade C. Sometimes softer or cracked or lacks top colors but useful to some. Great if you want to stabilize yourself to turn into #1 grade. In all honesty, few can use this grade. However it is samples for schools, tiny inlays, maybe pendants, ivory sewing needles, but may not take a polish and there may be to much soft, you'd be better off going up a grade if you carve or inlay. Or inquire or give more detail of your needs. If you are stabilizing for knife scales let me know so I give the larger soft. Pendants I might offer 'some' hard with color, just dime to quarter sizes. Keep in mind, if you have to throw away half of what you get it is still cheaper than the next grade up. Oh. If you leave a note, I can offer for $50 a sample of all the grades marked so you can see what the differences are. I can't promise an exact weight, but it will be worth over $50, all usable. It could be used to teach, or show others, or so you could test each grade. Like before investing $1,000 order.
$150 a pound. This is middle grade that should suit most needs, maybe not all. Look at the pictures. It should be twice as nice in general as the $50 grade. Most knife makers might choose this with some amount of waste and work needing to be done. Not perfect, no vivid blues, striking alligator patterning, not gem grade, just good. Scrimshaw folks will get nice material, hard enough to scrim, no major cracks or weirdness. I suggest scrim people try this grade first. This may or may not turn on a lathe, as it in general could have some flaws between layers. It could be fixed, but time might be money to you. This grade usually works fine for pendents and art, as $300 a pound is usually larger, sometimes almost same quality as this $150 grade, just this grade has less uses, so price is down. Like top color, but not quite good dimensions for the biggest market knife scales. Nor top carving stuff. Jewelry makers should try this grade first. Again, tell me your needs, even email me pic of your work you do. I should be able to tell you yes or no if this grade works. I'm an artist myself so understand.
$300 a pound Is a new category. I eliminated the $75 a pound as to hard to grade for most buyers. As each grade doubles in price the differences should be apparent. So. $300 a pound sounds outrageous? So view the pound of knife scales for example. These are already listed for sale. This weighs a pound, and a mix like this, my pick, is $300. The total retail if you bought these 1-2 at a time is $550. Meaning if I can make scales and not weigh each set, measure, photo, list, keep track of, I can sell bulk for almost half price. This grade is close to gem grade. Fewest cracks, least amount of work needed done. If raw for knife scales, it will be an even thickness or perfect deep blue, best dimensions, the top quality for any project. I have no problem taking these pieces and calling them displays and getting $400 a pound if I list these each piece individually. You save about $100 a pound over going to my individually listed pieces of the same grade. Again if what you get concerns you, pay more and pick out from the pieces listed. Keep in mind if I pick, and you do not like it, return for refund.
If what you want is between grades, I can adjust the weight accordingly upon request. Such as, "I need cheap for small projects but not $50 garbage and not really nice $150 stuff." I might for example send 2 pounds of material in between grades at the 1 pound $150 price (so paying $75 a pound). Or you need the best of the best gem grade perfect. I might offer less than a pound for $300, and pick the best pound out of 600 pounds on hand. May have for example some knock your socks off blue for gun grips, 5 x 3 inches as a set of 2. It can be worth... the sky is the limit. No. I am not going to go look first and send pictures. You pay, I go look. Or buy what is listed. I have in the past trudged out to the shop into the dark 50 below into the freezing shop and spent half an hour to hear, "Thanks, just wondering, I don't have any money right now." If I cannot fill the order I'll refund. Or email pictures when I know you are serious.
This 'item' called 'by the pound' is meant mostly for people reselling, who could use a wholesale deal, who are trying to resell at a profit, maybe go through a lot of material. Or the low end for those who want to try it out see what fossil ivory is.All Is my blog link with subjects and place to interact ask questions get advice etc. It helps me and I can take more time if I am addressing others with common questions.
Mammoth ivory set large 8.7 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory set large, 6 x 2 x 1/2 inches thick. Natural colors but filler on back to make flat and smooth. Dark tan patterns all the wa through sold no soft spots. 1911 or other similar pistol grip material sword large bowie etc.
fossil mammoth ivory set 1.2 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory from Siberia 2 1/2 x 1 x 1/4 inches thick. All natural good color contrast no flaws - well cut, uniform thickness and good polish. Color all the way through.
knife scales fossil mammoth ivory 1.1 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory bark from Alaska, 4 x 1/2 x 1/16th inches. Great for pocket knife. Very good deep colors. Stabilized and dyed. (all natural would be twice the price). Slight uneven thickness back flat but might have to work on it, or there is extra length to pick the right section. Price good due to the taper and jus not much weight here. Goode choice for someone on a budget but wants s nice look good quality willing to work with it's issues.
Fossil mammoth ivory set 9.6 oz gun grips
Mammoth ivory bark 4 x 2.5 x 1/2 inches. Large, maybe good for 1911 type pistol grips or large sword bowie type knife or could be cut into more sets. Nice dark tan colors but do not run deep. Could sand to white ivory if desired. Small amount of filler in back to make flat. Color off (dang!) but not visible, and easy to send past the filler if desired. Price reflects not quite perfect filler, and a couple of stabilized cracks along the edge. Otherwise #1 grade and hard to get this wide.
Fossil mammoth ivory set 6.9 ounces large
Mammoth ivory bark 4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 inches. Nice large set good for swords bowies large projects or possibly cut into more then one set. Or other carving type projects. Nice dark tans and patterning. Of note one side has pat of another cutter layer on it. Left this way as it has character and yo could sand this off or not. Back has some filler to keep flat but with the thickness being more than needed for most uses, you could sand past filler if desired. Possible to split this and get two sets at 1/4 inches, one set would be white. This set would be good to carve in cameo fashion to expose the white in a desired pattern.
Fossil mammoth ivory set 5.7 ounces
Mammoth ivory set 3 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 inches. Nice dark brown, hints of blue. Back has slight fill to make flat, but extra thickness if you want to sand it down. Had, stable. Has whiff underneath if you carve cameo effect. Should fit most hunger style knives. Potential to cut the thickness in half for two sets like, for folder or if laminating. Well dried, from Alaska.
Mammoth fossil ivory scales large 12.2 ounces
Fossil mammoth bark ivory scales 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x over 1/2 inches. Huge set could be pistol grips but a sword or knife or more than one set. Interesting mix of light color patterns, light blue- gray, tan, and black patterning. One piece 1/16th smaller then the other, has filler in back to make flat. Price reduction reflects the imperfections. ( The one side is almost 3 inches wide at widest). All natural colors, this could be put to good use and unusual to find this size at an ok price.
mammoth ivory set 1.5 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory bark set 2x2x 1/4 inches Natural colors solid nice flat back. Not good for scales probably but end caps, guards, inlays to non-knife projects like cabochons pendants etc. Deep colors - a slight off tan, an interesting gray adds to value. Very solid, would be good guard- spacer.
mammoth ivory set .7 ounces
Fossil ice age mammoth ivory set 2 ½ x almost 1 x over 1/16th inches. Nice colors running deep, solid, all natural. Good for folder. Good price due to not much weight and a smaller set. Some soft grey-blues.
Mammoth ivory knife scales 5.2 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory set Over 4 x 1 ¾ x ½ inches. Ice age from Alaska Yukon River. A nice large heavy set but not all natural. Has black resin and ivory chips filler in what used to be soft spots. Good job, will not separate, nice and strong and good looking. Price reflects not natural. Some natural blues, possibly a lot, showing and just below surface you could sand to.
Fossil mammoth ivory set .7 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory set 2 ½ x 1 x 1/16th inches. All natural #1 grade light enough this could be scrimshawed. Deep colors, greys, hints of soft blues. Good for folder, art, or inlays. off Kantishna River (near Denali) in Alaska
Fossil mammoth ivory set large 5.3 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory set 3 3/4 x 2 x over 1/4 inches. #1 grade for stability. Very sold natural no cracks hard material takes nice polish. Possibly workable for small pistol grips Check your size close. (this set barely squeaks by for 2 inches wide however thick out to the edge.) Looks at pictures. For sure plenty for any knife need, bowie stye, or a sword etc. Or, cut for more than one set. Hard to get larger wide sets like this, cut off a curve it takes a 12 ft tusk or longer. From interior Alaska. This set could be scrimshawed or carved (even for other projects beside guns-knives)
Fossil mammoth ivory set 1.5 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory set 1 ¾ x ¾ x ¼ inches. Dark surface with good alligator patterning. Natural rough surface. Not a perfect match for color, but for patterning. Price lower as a result. Nice solid no cracks nice flat back . For large folder or small skinner hunter. Possibly good choice for other artists for jewelry due to color match issue.
Fossil mammoth ivory set reduced 2.0 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory set 3 x 1 ¼ x ¼ inches. Nice soft greys potential blues . All natural takes high shine, solid. Not a perfect color match. I’d use it as a set but price reduced due to not perfect.
Fossil mammoth ivory set 2.6 ounces
Fossil ice age mammoth ivory. 2 ¾ x 1 ½ x ¼ inches. All natural tan set in good shape. Has unusual dip in surface down the middle- due to this section being from base of tusk in the skull. Good then for someone looking for texture, or an oddity that makes it unique. Good price due to a tad short, the uneven surface, and just plain tan colors- no blue etc.
Mammoth ivory set 4.1 ounces wide set
Mammoth ivory set 3 x 1 x ¼ inches. All natural solid #1 grade good colors, hints of blues. Colors shallow but deeper then common. Good for a need for width, being a full 2 inches wide yet just 3 inches long. Could make two sets. However part of the value is in the extra width coming off a 11 foot tusk.
Fossil mammoth ivory set small .6 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory set small. 1 ¾ x 1 x 1/16th inches. #1 grade all natural solid. Good colors with hints of blues. Good for folder or inlay, art projects pendants etc. Deep color all the way through. Good low price if you can use this set (I have to many small sets I want to get rid of)
fossil mammoth ivory set small blue
Fossil mammoth ivory set 1 ¾ x 1 ¼ x ¼ inches. #1 grade nice blue. However an odd shape for most knife scale needs, Rats! End caps guards used with other material or… great for pendants inlays. All natural solid.
Fossil mammoth ivory set .65 ounces
Fossil mammoth ice age ivory set 2 x ¾ x 1/16th inches. Small set for small folder or jewelry work. Nice dark color runs all the way through. #1 grade no flaws, just small.
Fossil mammoth ivory set .43 ounces
Mammoth ivory from Alaska 2 ½ x over ½ x 1/16th inches. Interesting interaction of colors not often seen. Hints of blues tans white. While being small this is a gem grade material due to the unique colors.
Fossil mammoth ivory set .60 ounces
Mammoth ivory from Alaska 2 ½ ¾ x ¼ inches. Deep dark tan colors almost an alligator pattern. Has some character. Rounded edges could effect exact dimensional needs . Good set for crafts like set of earrings.
Fossil mammoth ivory set huge 8.4 ounces
Fossil mammoth ivory set, 8.4 ounces. 5 ¼ x over 2 x ¼ inches. A very large set could be pistol grips, sword bowie large project or cut into more then one set. Nice colors and slight alligator pattern, but not running deep. So a window could be sanded for scrimshaw or cameo type carving. Slight filler in the back to keep flat and control slight delamination and dips. Unusual to get this kind of flat width off a curved tusk, and means it came off a 12 ft long tusk. From interior Alaska, form material I found myself.