In this article, I will be discussing and evaluating different types of knife handle materials. Knife newbies most of the times get confused or being fooled that knife handle is just nothing adding more aesthetics to a knife itself. But in reality, type of handle is as important as knife shape and Blade steel for its overall performance and all these 3 when joined together results in knife’s characteristics and tasks it can perform.
With above said in mind, let’s have a look at the most popular knife handles you normally find in Knife grips today. Remember knife grip is synonym of knife handle. We are living in information age now where technology and innovation is at its peak so far, therefore, there are different types of materials in knife handles you can see, like metal knife handles, synthetic knife handles and even organic like wood and bones knife handles. Each type has its own positives and negatives or you can Say PROS & CONs which will be discussed in deep detail separately.
So, you must know which handle is the best for your needs whether you are looking for pocket knife i.e. EDC, tactical knife survival knife or Neck Knife this Knife handle guide will help you deciding the best knife handle material to suit your needs and what you shall look for before making a purchase.
Wood Knife handle has been use by us through centuries, with proper selection of wood and with proper craftsmen ship, I prefer it over G10 knife handle as Wooden Knife handles are meant to last long over the ages in their perfect color. They are cheap yet with proper craftsmen ship they exhibit the taste of Knife Collector .
There is much to talk about stainless steel knife handles. As we all know that stainless steel is excellent in providing resistance to corrosion and that’s why it called durable. Stainless steel knife handles are polished to give silvery look which in exchange provides less friction resulting in poor handle grip.
What is a Micarta knife handle? There are so many handles for knives and Micarta handles have its special significance, those who they knew what I’m talking about. But those who are new to knife collection, or don’t know much about handles especially Micarta handle. Micarta is a named for composites of canvas, paper lamination, fiberglass, carbon fibers, linen and other materials with fibers in a thermosetting plastic.
Titanium is 9th abundant metal on earth and its present in each and every rock on earth. Given its abundance it’s still one of the most expensive metals in the world. The only reason for its expensiveness is that it has very high melting point. Toughness of the metal increase the costs of handling it which makes it even much more expensive. They are excellent handles, given expensive but remember quality and price always go hand in hand.
aluminum is silvery white metal which is not very hard but really good corrosion resistant that is why we use aluminum in knife handles. Aluminum knife handles are normally coated or anodized in different colors which not only changes the look but also increase its weather resistant properties. Aluminum Knife handles are easy to maintain, given they get dents and scratches but they can be avoided if handled with care.
When talking about aesthetics and taste appeal, you may find people talking about Natural materials especially bone knife handles which are to some extend is great choice but before you proceed, you must know what is Bone Handle knife or Bone knife handle is? Do keep in mind that, these bone are used as scales on these knives mostly folding knives or Full tang knives.