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.
What are Bone Knife handles?
Bone Knife handle does not mean that whole bone is used as a knife handle, Animal bones are used as scales in such knives. Normally, you see bone knife handles or bone scales in Pocket Knives. It’s popular still to date because of its beauty and ability of carvings “jigged”. Mostly bone used in knife handles comes from bigger animals like camels, cows etc.
Are animals killed for their Bones or Horns?
As far as bone knife handles are considered, animals are killed throughout the ages for their meat and skin. Bones were left out but as time goes on, we human find ways to use animal’s bones as well, not just for knife handles, like fish bones were used as needles too…! But, they are not specially killed for making knife handles.
Are Animal Horns used in Knife Handles?
You may came across knives where it’s said Indian Stag bone or Impala Horn or Indian Antler Horns as “the handle is made from Sambar Stag etc.…! The reason of using bones and horns of animals in knife handles is just exclusivity and rarity of that material. And yes, you will also see visual appeal to these handles as they are much expensive at times and definitely beautiful.
Advantages of Bone or Horn Knife Handles
- Visually appealing
- Natural Material
- Most stable than Wood
- Easy to Dye & good for jigging.
Disadvantages of Bone Knife handles
- Being natural, they are more prone to natural factors like expansion or contraction due to heat and seasons
- Just used for Ornamental purposes
- Mostly seen in Pocket Knives or Ornamental /Ceremonial Knives.
Conclusion Bone Knife Handles
You will find so many collector’s edition knives with bone knife handles, either having, Horns of Stags, bones of Cows, Camels, Deer’s etc. They are much more stable as compared to wood when it comes to natural exposure. Most famous of them are Marbles Scrimshaw Series knives,you can read more about them under Marble Knives Reviews having bone handle knives with engravings of USA wildlife scenes. They are again Pocket Knives and collector’s edition knives.