Mesquite for Knife Handles?

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Col Defender, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. Col Defender

    Col Defender

    Nov 11, 2011
    Has anyone used Mesquite for knife handles? I picked up some on a Texas hunting trip and am considering making a knife with it. It is not burl, just a couple of dry pieces from a firewood pile. So far I have just sawed it into a couple of blanks. A pretty blond sort of color but it does not show much in the way of impressive grain; maybe with some serious sanding and some oil???

    Would sure like to see a pic of someone's finished product.

    Thanks and Happy New Year!
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2014
  2. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    I use a lot of mesquite, being from Abilene. Some of the blondish is fairly plain. There's also a reddish plain variety. The burl is as good as any other burl. In general, the wood is fairly stable and dense, although the blondish variety is typically a little softer.
    Reddish knife in this pic is the straight grain reddish variety.
    This little guy is a little more burlish in the wood.
    Here's a little more blondish version... had to go back to the beginning of 2012 to find this one.
  3. samuraistuart

    samuraistuart KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 21, 2006
    This is mesquite on my petty knife. Can't recall where I bought it. AKS, USAKNIFE, Texas Knife.....I forget. LOVED working with the stuff. I have a few large chunks of mesquite burl that I have harvested from our ranch. Been drying out the past year. Sometimes mesquite is just plain straight grain. Other times you can get a nice tiger stripe effect/affect? Which is correct? My grammar aint too good. 020.jpg 021.jpg
  4. Col Defender

    Col Defender

    Nov 11, 2011
    Thanks Samuraistuart and Jason Fry - you guys have some great looking knives... here's a pic of the Mesquite I have to work with:


    I do plan to go ahead with at least one knife and see how I like Mesquite.. Thanks!
  5. Kentucky


    Dec 13, 2008
    I used a lot of mesquite burl. I got a smokin' deal on it(about $10 each) and it was as nice as any $50 piece of wood. I used it up and Im too tight to buy more at regular price:D
  6. DukeHarley


    Apr 11, 2014
    Where is the best source for knife handle/scale quality mesquite? I need to find a replacement for certain woods I'm have reactions to. Am I safe to assume that it is a benign wood as far as toxicity be it's used for food prep?

  7. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    I have a nice hunter made by Jimmy Wentreek of Bar "W" Enterprises in Granger, TX with mesquite scales as well as a shaving brush with a mesquite handle. Both are holding up well and I use the shaving brush daily for at least the past four years. John
  8. Kentucky


    Dec 13, 2008
    I got all mine from the 'Bay but Ive noticed today that the same seller has more than doubled the price since I bought the last pieces..
  9. Salem Straub

    Salem Straub

    Oct 20, 2008
    I lived in Hawaii for a while, and used kiawe wood on occasion. (That's what they call mesquite out there.) Here's a wa handled chef from a couple years back, using some curly kiawe from the big island.



    I really like it, and would use it often if I could get pieces with nice grain easily. It's good and hard too, isn't it a member of the acacia family?
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  10. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Please cease selling in this forum. If you wish to get a dealer membership and sell wood in The Exchange, please do so.

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