What handle material do you think has the best feeling in hand? How is that feeling?

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  1. Kizer Cutlery

    Kizer Cutlery Follow our Instagram: kizercutlery_inc Moderator

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    Jun 24, 2013
    yes, you did. And it will be available in 3 months. It's the Blue Ridge Knives. Inc customized version.
     
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  2. RealVendetta

    RealVendetta

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    Sep 30, 2019
    Thats an absolute must buy for me. Excellent news!
     
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  3. onewing

    onewing

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    Apr 2, 2013
    Blasted micarta is best, paracord wrap is worst.
     
  4. Stang Bladeworks

    Stang Bladeworks

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    Feb 19, 2018
    Blasted canvas micarta is my personal favorite.
     
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  5. Chronovore

    Chronovore Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 29, 2019
    This is exciting. It looks like most of us love Micarta.
     
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  6. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I do.
     
  7. dimiw1337

    dimiw1337

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    Feb 25, 2019
    Micarta and rubber. But rubber is alot of compromise so micarta!
     
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  8. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    For sheer utility, meaning good grip under bad conditions (cold, wet, greasy etc.) Kraton or Santoprene (which may be the same stuff). Micarta gives a good grip, and I like the look of stag, stacked leather or curly birch handles. All will do in a pinch though.
     
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  9. CSG

    CSG

    Dec 15, 2007
    I pretty much like anything that's not metal. I like the plastic scales on my assorted SAKs, the Micarta and wood scales on my Bucks, and whatever Benchmade uses on the Griptilians and the "CF Elite" on my new Bugout. I also like the stag on my fixed blade Muela.
     
  10. Chronovore

    Chronovore Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 29, 2019
    With my likes out of the way, I'll join you on this one. I don't care for metal scales. From heavy steel to lightweight titanium; metal scales feel cold to me. They tend to be slick when smooth. They never feel as nice as G10, Micarta, or wood. When it comes to textures or knurling, nothing I've had in metal compares with what I've had in those other materials. I especially don't like how anodized aluminum wears over time.

    I don't like having a scale in preferred material on one side and a metal scale on the other side. It always looks "unfinished" to me. I know that's how a lot of frame locks come but I don't care about frame locks either. :p
     
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  11. vjb.knife

    vjb.knife Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2002
    Linen micarta.
     
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  12. dannyp

    dannyp Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    You know, as I read through this thread and see all the love for micarta it makes me wonder why there aren't more production knives available with micarta scales. Is it so popular because it's less common? If it was as ubiquitous as G10 and FRN, would it still be as desirable?
     
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  13. Kizer Cutlery

    Kizer Cutlery Follow our Instagram: kizercutlery_inc Moderator

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    Jun 24, 2013
    well, about that, we are making more micarta now. in the past, we had a problem of micarta supply chain. ;) it will be more micarta Kizer knives coming in the future.
     
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  14. YellowSwiss

    YellowSwiss

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    Sep 28, 2015
    Micarta. I used to think it was rubber, but it hangs in the pocket when drawing the knife.
     
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  15. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    on a folder: ivory or pearl, then micarta, then wood.
     
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  16. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    You and I are pretty much in agreement on this.

    Alox SAKs are about the only thing that I have enjoyed with metal scales.

    I avoid “heavy duty” metal folders also but, the Insingo that I have been playing with all morning has been a lot of fun. It goes against almost all of the personal rules I have for knife ownership.

    Unfortunately, I have to return it to it’s rightful owner.:(
     
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  17. whp

    whp

    Apr 26, 2009
    I also don t like metal handles. If I get a nice frame lock with one side metal and one side g10, it is ok, but both sides metal doesn't t allow me to grip well enough with sweaty or wet hands.
    I think my favorite handle material is micarta. But I m ok with g10, and frn.
     
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  18. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015
    rubberized cork , maybe ... soft and warm and no slip :)
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  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    One of the reasons I have never purchased a CRK knife is the metal. Just usually don't care for it. I broke the metal scales thing with the Benchmade Mini Presidio II (aluminum) and like it. If I carry a modern knife, it's usually that one. But I generally do not carry a modern knife these days.

    I think the most functional scale material is micarta. That is the handle material I would choose for a true survival knife. I like G-10 also, but it tends to be slicker. Natural materials are great overall for me too.
     
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  20. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Cork! What a great idea. Was not thinking cork at all.
     

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