Handle wrap material suggestions

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  1. axtalan0

    axtalan0

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    Jul 18, 2008
    Hey guys, I recently got a Cold Steel Bushman that I plan to use around the yard as a beater. But I want to warp the metal handle in something to give it better grip. My first thought is hockey grip tape, but maybe there is something better out there that would give more traction and comfort? Any suggestions?
     
  2. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    I used baseball bat wrap on a Ontario Bushcrafter with wooden scales. It’s held up pretty well and absorbs a bit of shock when chopping. It’s not super cheap though.
     
  3. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    It depends how permanent you want it.
    I'm a huge fan of a product called Fiber Fix. It's a "tape" that you wet and wrap that sets up harder than a cast. Its supposedly tough enough to "mend" a broken shovel handle or repair a burst water pipe.

    I use it to wrap all of my tomahawk and axe handles. Some I wrap completely because the Fiber Fix sets up with a really rough skate board tape like finish. Some I only wrap under the head to protect the haft from over strikes.

    The one thing to keep in mind is that Fiber Fix is one and done. You open the whole wrap, you use the whole wrap, and there is no saving any of it. The good news, it's cheap. Less than $10 at most big box home improvement stores like Lowes.

    It is very permanent though. The epoxy is very strong and the fibrous material is tough as can be. Once it's on, I dunno how you can realistically get it off. I figure for the cheap hawks it protects now, if I ever manage to crack the handle, I'll just burn the whole thing out of the eye.
     
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  4. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    Self-fusing silicone tape . Sticks to itself only , so easy to remove with no residue .

    Great grip and some cushioning if thick but not very sturdy for a throwing knife or hard use .

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  5. rtz

    rtz Basic Member Basic Member

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    Mar 19, 2010
    C7E76628-BEBD-424F-AAD1-C5E917FE45AC.jpeg Search for fishing rod wrap. It's like heat shrink tubing with a grip pattern on the surface.
     
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  6. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
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  7. axtalan0

    axtalan0

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    Jul 18, 2008
    Thank you all for the great suggestions! Lots of good info here, I had not even heard of many of the things recommended. I am reading up on all of them right now. Really liking Fiber Fix, silicone tape, fishing rod wrap. I may end up trying more than one.
     
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  8. killgar

    killgar

    Sep 24, 2002
    Plastidip. It's a liquid rubber that produces a grippy handle. If you don't like it, it can be peeled off. I use it on several of my fixed-blades (three of the four knives pictured).

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  9. Brent F

    Brent F

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    Aug 26, 2017
    How did you apply the Plastidip?
     
  10. rtz

    rtz Basic Member Basic Member

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    Mar 19, 2010
    4518C2F2-7A71-4795-9E5B-FE49E8FFCA32.png Just dip the handle in the container. You can get some at Home Depot or Harbor Freight to experiment with.
     
  11. killgar

    killgar

    Sep 24, 2002

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