Was: Sealing a beach stone?
Thanks for the tidbit on what to call the “solid block” for knife
handles. I’ve purchased a few that were found listed online under
"scales", but was not quite sure if there was a name other than a
"block", lol. My brain just needs to categorize things into specific
Also, I LOVE California Buckeye; and yes I imagine it does have to
be stabilized well. Even the Buckeye we have here in Ohio is a soft
wood and could fall apart along thinner edges if it’s not treated
before you try to grind and shape it for handles; though I do believe
it is harder than what is found in sunny California. I wonder, do you
do stone inlays in handle material at all?
I have designs for some inlay handles, but I am concerned that there
are some inlays I wish to include that are small pieces that I
cannot really get the gasket material in there. Will this be any kind
of issue later? I know that the woods need to be able to expand and
contract, and when we use multiple materials in scales and handles
it can reduce the strength of said handle. But it is not such an
issue if the blade is meant to be more of a ceremonial than a working
I just wondered if there is enough shrinkage and expansion in treated
and stabilized woods that I may have a problem down the road by
inlaying or including, say, a tube set stone for instance, or an
inlay area of Mammoth Ivory. Any thoughts on this?