BONE, GUNSMITHING & KNIFEMAKER'S MATERIALS
Carefully dimensioned regular slabs of Water Buffalo horn for general stock and stock extension work, select pieces of buffalo horn for fore end caps. Knifemakers scales in Water Buffalo horn and peroxide treated domesticated Indian Camel bone.
These 160 x 60 x 5/7mm scales are polished on one side, being selected pieces cut from the solid tip of short, fat horns that show appreciable "streaking" or "graining".
Such pieces are much favoured by razor and knife makers. The stark, clean white graining stands in sharp contrast to the black surrounding horn and is every bit as hard in finished texture. These pieces may be used to stunning effect in a variety of handling projects.
Natural variation will dictate that the extent of the streaking will vary from piece to piece, but all of the scales we offer are very highly figured.
These scales, sold individually, are available in both 145mm and 160mm widths and 2/3mm or 5/6mm thicknesses.
Prevailing colours are brown, light green / olive and lighter straw tones. When worked thinner all are appreciably translucent. The illustrative photo shows rough sanded finish pieces.
These are typically used in restorative razor and knife handling projects and the thicker slabs for spectacle frames.
A variety of other applications are of course possible and we may evenly dress pieces down to as thin as 1mm should this be required ( a machining fee will be charged ).
Thinner pieces are of use for lantern panes / lighting panes.
Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
Black buffalo horn scales 160 x 60 x 5/6mm.
Variety of applications in knifemaking, razormaking and restorative work. We may dress these evenly thinner for you if required (a charge will apply).
Please contact us to discuss individual requirements
Horn from white skinned Water Buffalo - the lightest coloured material that is available.
160 x 60 x 5/6mm.
Light straw colour with the occasional dark brown / olive streak. Unique depth of translucence. Most often used for spectacle frame making.
125 x 37 x 6/7mm.
200 x 37 x 6/7mm.
Neatly dimensioned scales, sold in pairs, take a fine polish and will often show some blue / grey translucence in finishing.
Good modest bulk discounts on 10 sets and more. Huge stock.
Large, carefully prepared sections, cut at one end and with the joint/knuckle intact at the other. These pieces, averaging 12 - 14" in length will cut down for a variety of uses and will yield widths of 1.5" ( 37mm ).
A typical section will yield turnable knuckle section, 4 large (6"+ at full width) scales and leftover pieces. Thoroughly peroxide treated,seasoned, uniform in surface and colour.
As with other Camel bone pieces, they will take an Ivory like "sheen" in finish and will colour down similarly.
Rajasthani in origin, from long established supplier.
Flat scales 135 x 37 x 3mm in peroxide finished domesticated Camel bone.
Variety of uses but mainly used as inlays.
Priced per individual piece.
Intended for use in gunstock work. This material is from particular, long seasoned stock, selectively acquired by us from large, fat, high density Water Buffalo horn stock of Indian origin...... Indian in order that the grain structure is as "tight" as possible. Material will polish with a certain "blue grey" /"oily" translucence. Occasional pieces have stronger figuring and will be available at a premium and by arrangement.
1"+, 1", 7/8" & 3/4" stock carried - we can thickness to precise individual requirements on request and at extra cost.
Prices for single pieces quoted.
"Thicker is dearer" ...1"+ is, these days, VERY difficult to source where the required quality is guaranteed - and may not always be in stock.
Excellent Camel bone Sambar Stag scale lookalike material, each piece unique and hand finished.
All material has been dyed by immersion in Potassium Permanganate solution, giving a very dark "Verona" brown colour, which, just like the real thing, will surface polish to remove a lot or a little dye depending on how hard you polish the surfaces, enabling the desired finished appearance to be achieved and admired.
Camel bone jigged to very attractively mimick antelope horn. Much favoured in knifemaking.
May be stained to achieve required finish or will weather to look like Ivory with use.
Dyed material also available - see below.
Priced per pair
Flat backs, domed tops. Thickness will be in the range 6 - 9mm at domed point and 2 - 3mm at each side. Fine sanded, peroxided finish, will "weather in " to look like Ivory and excellent hard surface for Scrimshaw work.
Longer lengths of greatest use in restoration and historical reproduction work and may have minimal torsional twist to them. The 150mm and 200mm scales sell most often for open razor restoration work and bone modelling ( ships, boxes etc ) .
All quoted sizes supplied in pairs.
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