Micarta! Where can I find 'blanks'?


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Caimlas
October 28, 2007, 04:05 PM
I've been looking high and low for a source of micarta to make pistol grips from. I've been unable to find anything pistol related, though I've found dozens of sites relating to knife side blanks. Does anyone know where I can find some for pistols? I'm getting desperate.

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the naked prophet
October 28, 2007, 04:14 PM
Get some 2 part clear epoxy, and some cloth of the color you want the grips. Then wet the cloth with the mixed epoxy and lay it on wax paper. Lay layer after layer of the epoxied cloth until it's the thickness you want. My wife has some winnie-the-pooh grips for her Colt...

Caimlas
October 28, 2007, 04:18 PM
Eh? No, I don't really want to make the micarta. What I'd like is to have some "imitation granite", as well as some other exotic varieties as options.

rcmodel
October 28, 2007, 04:33 PM
Look here.
http://www.texasknife.com/store/s-pages/TKS_MainframeStore.htm

"Pieces" are 5" x 12" by whatever thickness you order.
"Block pieces" are 5" x 12" x 1 1/8" thick.
That's plenty big enough for pistol grips.

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dfariswheel
October 28, 2007, 08:00 PM
As above, buying in bulk from one of the knife supply companies is about the only way to get Micarta unless you're willing to buy 4'x8' FOOT sheets.

Some of the manufacturers used to sell end pieces that were suitable for gun grips, but all of them seem to have stopped.

hit or miss
October 28, 2007, 09:47 PM
You might also consider Corian or other suitable products. You might get some leftovers from cabinet shops or similar places. The variety of colors leaves only your imagination as your limiting factor.

xd45gaper
October 28, 2007, 09:56 PM
we have a bunch at work, the airframers use it to build stuff with, they have a huge sheet and its hard as He*((, im not sure if its actual micarta or what but its some kind of compsoite and its really hard, aircraft grade.(not honeycomb)

campbell
October 28, 2007, 10:06 PM
Another vote for knife companies. Sheffield (http://www.sheffieldsupply.com/index.html)(page 29 I believe) carries it.

polekitty
October 29, 2007, 03:20 AM
About getting blanks---can't say where, but can suggest how. How about buying yourself a supply of primed brass? About all you'd have to do is load it yourself with proper amount of powder and seal off the end. I've never tried it myself, but that's the way I'd go. I used to load my own ammo, but never had a need for blanks, so can't suggest any actual loading data.

Black Knight
October 29, 2007, 12:59 PM
You might try a knife supply dealer. Check out Knife and Gun Supply Inc. and Jantz. They have all sorts of items to build your own knife in addition to handle material (micarta (different colors, linen or paper), bone, stag horn, various woods).

rcmodel
October 29, 2007, 02:30 PM
Be aware that there is some ivory Micarta out there made with Fiberglas laminations.

I got a piece from Texas Knifemakers Supply by mistake a few years ago. They had got a sheet of it by mistake from a vendor.

Not only was the dust very itchy, and probably Toxic, it took the edge off of a brand new band-saw metal cutting blade before I got one knife scale cut out. It would even quickly dull carbide cutting tools & blue belt-grinder belts!

TKS took it back & replaced it of course, but if you get into scrap or industrial supply Micarta you might be in for an unpleasant surprise when you start working it!

They are using a lot of it in high-strength electrical board applications now.

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CWL
October 29, 2007, 04:21 PM
Try here:

http://www.knifeandgun.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=30

and here:

http://www.alphaknifesupply.com/micarta.htm

Ghost Tracker
October 29, 2007, 06:03 PM
I once found the unused blades of a Hazardous Waste Pump that looked just like a heat/pressure formed, layered pheonlic (sp?) material (3M Brand Micarta). Like Post #11, I found it to be ssSSSOOOO tough it was almost impossible to cut, drill, grind & shape. When I finished, it looked like a very nice, speckled camo color. Beautiful grips....but I think I got asbestos poisoning! Make SURE you have the MSDS on your material. Good Luck.

campbell
November 4, 2007, 02:23 AM
Be aware that there is some ivory Micarta out there made with Fiberglas laminations.

I got a piece from Texas Knifemakers Supply by mistake a few years ago. They had got a sheet of it by mistake from a vendor.

They should NOT be calling anything with fiberglass Micarta. Inhaling that fiberglass dust is very, very bad.

I once found the unused blades of a Hazardous Waste Pump that looked just like a heat/pressure formed, layered pheonlic (sp?) material (3M Brand Micarta).

Micarta is paper, linen, or canvas in a phenolic resin. G10 is fiberglass in an epoxy resin. Tougher and doesn't absorb the way Micarta does, but more dangerous to work with. There's all kinds of laminates out there using various combos of materials and resins.

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