Half Head Horns

Half Head Horns

As the photo implies, "Half Head Horns" are short, stubby horns, suited to pistol grip or "Cardigan" type handles. These are generally from open grained Chinese "Paddy Field" type Water Buffalo ( "Swamp Buffalo"). For most stickmakers, required heating and shaping may, at most, entail putting more of a 90 degree "kick" into the horn than the angle formed by their typical, gentle curvature ( as photo) has already provided. This can be achieved with gentle ( hot air gun ) applied heat and minimal tools, although use of a back plate is recommended in order that the formation of angle can be correct in both vertical and horizontal axes.

These horns are heavier and therefore more expensive ( material is bought by weight).

A special comment on "grain". "Swamp" Buffalo horn doesn't have as tight knitted grain as Indian ( "River" type buffalo), so, when you "break into it" ( cutting, carving, Dremel, knife, rasp, whatever ) - then when you leave the work ( open to the air) between stages, it is good practice to coat it with Walnut oil or Mustard Seed oil, taken to "luke warm" in a pan to reduce it's viscosity and then painted on. This will not detract from the piece's potential to take a shine when complete, but WILL prevent hairline cracks appearing. Avoid strong direct sunlight on half worked buffalo horn - leave it somewhere cold, dark, ventilated between work stages.

Stock is generally limited - you may care to enquire by phone ahead of ordering to enable us to match your requirements with stock to hand.

SMALL - Suitable for small conical handles / small Cardigan handles
MEDIUM - Suitable for Cardigan handles / decent half heads with some carved detail ( Labrador head etc)
LARGE - Suitable for elaborate carved handles or plinth mounted standalone carved items
ENORMOUS - These could be 20" on the outer arc and 4" x 2" on the base and weigh several kilos. The grain is correspondingly "large" / "wide open" / "prominent". We usually sell material like this into the gun trade for "fore end" and other "stock" work, it's attraction being the prominence of the grain. Few and far between - £enquire.

Half Head Buffalo horn small: £9.00 each
Half Head Buffalo horn medium: £17.00 each
Half Head Buffalo horn large: £37.00 each
Half Head Buffalo horn XXL £enquire: £0.00 each

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Ordering - How it Works

1. Browse the categories, adding the items that interest you to the cart. 

2. Submit the order to us with your full contact details. 

3. We assess the order and  calculate the most cost effective carriage option.

4. Finally, we contact you, advise the preferred carriage option and request payment.


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