AWESOME Pine Cone Scales!

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by BePrepared, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. TriviaMonster


    Jan 2, 2012
    That is stunning. I feel guilty cursing those trees where I grew up in MO. We live in truly revolutionary times in the knife world.
  2. kid terico

    kid terico

    Jun 17, 2010
    I got this a year ago . Wade Hougham made this one and a few more of different colors. Nice knifes. KT

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  3. Burl Source

    Burl Source

    Dec 7, 2008
    Am I the only one who is bothered by all the voids and the open areas between the casting resin and the pinecone? (referring to the 1st photo)
    It is a cool idea and a dramatic look but I would want to know if the pinecone was actually stabilized before it was placed in the casting resin.
  4. Tad Lynch

    Tad Lynch

    Nov 14, 2006
    I'm with you on this. I wonder about the longevity of this material.

  5. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    As per my post yesterday, I have the same concerns.

    Anyone know the approx cost of a set of these scales?

    Besides the potential durability/stability issues, in a knife costing thousands of dollars I want something a little more substantial than a 'Pinecone'. Makes sense for a knife maker (from a profit perspective), I guess, if you can sell the collector on it.
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  6. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Something tells me that Dietmar Kressler is one who would do the appropriate due diligence before handling one of his integrals in this material. And let's face it, a collection of nothing but wood and stag handles gets really, really boring quickly, at least IMHO.

    Then again, I can't imagine having more than one "pinecone", either.
  7. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    I'll submit that the pinecone has a lot of area between the 'leaves' and the quality of the epoxy and microfiller is really what qualifies the durability.

    It's probably notably more stable than fragile mammoth tooth scales, and they are found in many collector grade knives.

  8. Tad Lynch

    Tad Lynch

    Nov 14, 2006
    Durability aside, it's a pinecone. I've also seen stabilized corncobs. Neither of those particularly scream high end collector knife to me.
    It is a lttle perplexing to me to see the Kressler integral with pinecone scales....that's just my opinion.

  9. liamstrain

    liamstrain Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 16, 2013
    Its humble origins don't take away from the visual impact - the value of a material changes drastically over time, and with use. Remember that aluminum used to be more valuable than gold.

    I'd love to see this done with fossilized cones as well.

    I respect the search for the inspired, regardless of where it leads, and that someone thought to look in something like the pinecone, is genius.
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  10. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Perhaps more stable, however a 10,000 year old tooth from a Woolly Mammoth is certainly more intriguing that a pinecone that one can pick hundreds off the ground in an afternoon.

    Same here Tad, makes me wonder what's next.
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  11. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007

    EXACTLY! Makes me wonder what wonders we'll see next from our materials providers! The "art" that nature provides is endless.
  12. The Amazing Virginian

    The Amazing Virginian Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Interesting points. A pine cone does indeed seem to be humble. They are everywhere and have just about zero value.

    Then again, we have seen many multi-thousand dollar pieces with relatively cheap and nondescript mass produced manmade handle materials like micarta. Pine cone . . . micarta . . . pine cone . . . micarta . . . . I think I would choose pine cone about 100 times out of 100.

    On the other hand, while it is a cool novelty now, if a ton of pine cone handled knives appear and the novelty and uniqueness wears off, then what do you have? So I still prefer beautifully figured wood handles. But I admit that I have a wood fetish.

    As far as stability . . . for the one piece that I actually held in my hands, it was almost as much epoxy as pine cone. One could call it epoxy impregnanted pine cone. One could just about as easily call it hardened epoxy with a pine cone encapsulated inside. Personally, I would not be super worried about the stability.

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