Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Micarta! Where can I find 'blanks'?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Caimlas, Oct 28, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Caimlas

    Caimlas Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,690
    Location:
    SD
    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.
     
  2. the naked prophet

    the naked prophet Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    1,237
    Location:
    MO
    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...
     
  3. Caimlas

    Caimlas Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,690
    Location:
    SD
    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.
     
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
  5. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    6,117
    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.
     
  6. hit or miss

    hit or miss Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2007
    Messages:
    92
    Location:
    Central Kansas
    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.
     
  7. xd45gaper

    xd45gaper Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2005
    Messages:
    752
    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)
     
  8. campbell

    campbell Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    Messages:
    275
    Another vote for knife companies. Sheffield (page 29 I believe) carries it.
     
  9. polekitty

    polekitty Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Messages:
    166
    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.
     
  10. Black Knight

    Black Knight Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2006
    Messages:
    1,439
    Location:
    Charlottesville, VA
    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).
     
  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    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.

    [​IMG]
    rcmodel
     
  12. CWL

    CWL Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2003
    Messages:
    6,505
  13. Ghost Tracker

    Ghost Tracker Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,449
    Location:
    Kentucky Backwoods
    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.
     
  14. campbell

    campbell Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    Messages:
    275
    They should NOT be calling anything with fiberglass Micarta. Inhaling that fiberglass dust is very, very bad.

    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.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page