I think I am really wanting a pair of American Holly grips for one of my Ruger Single Actions. I just had a home repair come up and I am a little short of funds but hopefully I can get some soon.
Got a question though. I have never seen a pair in person and was curious if the wood grain stood out. When you look at them up close does it look like a smooth white solid surface or is it obvious that it is wood. All the pics I have seen make it look smooth and solid.
I know a lot of people love them and they do look good in pics, but I was wondering if when you hold them they look more like white painted wood than I am expecting.
Also do they all turn a yellow color over time (I would want them too)?
If anyone has any pics (particularly up close) I would appreciate it.
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June 3, 2011, 03:41 AM
I've got three pairs. They make beautiful grips, often called "american ivory". The grain is subtle but visible. To the layperson, they would look like ivory. My only complaint is that the wood is too soft. It shows dents, dings and scratches far worse than walnut, rosewood, ebony or maple. Mine have yellowed with age but it is difficult to tell if it's the wood or the TruOil finish that's turned. I don't even use those on the Blackhawk anymore and those on the Bisley will eventually be replaced with antique paper micarta.
Antique paper micarta has become my favorite ivory substitute. This is new material from Sheffield Knifemaker Supply that looks very much like the old Westinghouse micarta:
June 3, 2011, 07:55 AM
I have a block of Holly I have dried, run two sides through the planer and I need to resaw to working slabs. The block I have does have some darker grain running through it. It well be interesting to see what i get when I resaw. I plan on using Tung oil as a finish. I have found in the past that tung oil well act as a stabilizer and harden the surface of the wood.
June 3, 2011, 10:17 PM
These are some I made for an old model Super Blackhawk. They are made from an Oregon Holly tree my son cut down. These have a lot more grain then the east coast Holly.
I made these from some Holly purchased from a hard wood seller, the wood came from the east coast.
These were made by CLC grips, and they have yellowed over the years.