Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CraigC, Apr 16, 2021.
Oh the sheephorn is bombproof. It's tougher than ivory and they push over trees and fight with that stuff.
@CraigC i can’t wait to read it!
It was a good read and as always I love seeing your fine sixguns!
A Randall Made Knives dealer recently recommended David Warther imitation ivory for a Randall that I was ordering. He told me that it is the most realistic stuff he is aware of, and that Randall used to stamp the knives "A/I" so that it wouldn't get confused for the real thing. I picked up a set of 1911 grips from them just to see what it's like. I know very little about real ivory, so my opinion doesn't count for much, but I think they look and feel pretty good.
I bought my Elephant Ivory grips from Dave Boone before the Liberals took over the fish and game dept.
Check their website out.
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Yep. Nailed it for sure.
Agree 100% on your thoughts about the American Holly grips. That's what's on my Super Blackhawk and the reason I got them was because I wanted ivory, but couldn't justify spending the $600 at the time.
You're spot on about the softness of them. My SB gets carried all throughout deer season through the woods, in and out of deer stands etc. They certainly have character dings on them now. Not that I mind a lot, as they do look good for the money. But it is real.
The Shooter's Bible.
Little did I know that when Shane said "a gun is a tool, Marion", he was foretelling the glue-gun-like handguns we carry today
Beautiful grips...engraving...charcoal bluing...the things I miss today.
Even my OWB CCW holster is made from something synthetic.
Years back I was on a humanitarian medical mission in Alaskan native villages. We were staged out of Koetzbue and flew into Kivalina and other villages. One of the things I was hoping to find was some ivory to be used for a set of grips. I was ignorant of the laws at the time. As soon as we got to the first village a local engaged me and wanted to sell me native crafts. I told him I was only interested in trying to find some ivory. It was May and the pack ice was breaking up.
I saw him early the next day throw a rifle of some kind in a tiller powered Lund and head out. Luckily he never came back with any ivory. I found out in the next village just how much trouble that can get you in with the Feds.
Here is some old ivory on a new S&W.
Next up is smooth elk antler, what I call, American Ivory.
Some newer elk.
This is what S&W offered as a substitute, I believe it is a plastic/polymer material, not as dense and has not discolored in 5 decades. Shown on a 1917 Commercial Model
An aftermarket white grip, shown on a Model 25-2.
Apparently there is a limit on how many files can be attached.
My first set of smooth elk on a Jaeger Single Action.
Some old and new elk to show how it ages.
Anyway, kind of apparent I like smooth elk. I have several slabs of holly to work into stocks for revolvers. I prefer a material that shows age.
A most excellent article sir! Great photos too of the various materials out there, especially when compared to the real thing. I love the look of ivory grips on just about any gun; blued, plated, or stainless steel.
Faux ivory from Standard
Ivory from Colt
Ivory and griaffe bone
Shreger lines found only in real ivory
L to R: ivory, ivory, ram's horn, ivory, Sambar stag, Sambar stag, Giraffe bone,Giraffe bone, ivory, ivory
bottom: ivory, ivory
Awesome collection...simply awesome!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Here are my Ivory grips I just installed on my 1873.
I got these from Arizona Grips Manga Tusk. Made from real solid Ivory Block and UV aged. They can take lots of abuse and will age naturally, they don’t chip, crack or break and will develop a patina with use. A perfect fit. They feel great and are heavy. I absolutely recommend them. They are on Ebay. Better than the real thing for a fraction of the price.
How are they better than the real thing?
@StrawHat Now that right there is what it's about!
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