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Burlatex Questions??

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by LostViking, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Ok, I really like the Oatmeal/Natural Micarta collection I seem to be assembling.

    But I have to admit that Lime/Natural Bushcraft Sr. on the for sale section of the website from last Firday's sale is rather stunning.

    My question is. The Burlatex is like Burlap Micarta, the next generation?
    All the good, with less porisity?

    Does it retain the grippiness of the Burlap Micarta?

    In the photos, it looks outstanding! And I see it looks like it's made right in Georgia.
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  2. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    Burla Tex is burlap micarta.
    It is less porous than previously offered burlap micarta.
    It's made by a local fella
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  3. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    I think both have their plusses and minuses. Burlatex is less prous, a bit denser and heavier. Both products (Shadetree and Burlatex) are excellent handle materials.
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  4. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Thanks guys!

    I have had great luck witn Shadetree. Burlatex just popped up on my radar wuth the BC Sr. .

    Thanks Andy for the weight mention. It makes sense if you think about it. Funny how slab weight can alter the overall feel of a knife.

    I typically avoid G10 for that reason. It's tough but a little heavier.
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  5. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    I avoid g10 on all but kitchen knives also for this reason.
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  6. David L

    David L Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    I thought I would dig this thread up to see if someone could post up some close up differences between the 2. @Fiddleback, when you were referring to the Burlatex being less porous was that something on a microscopic level or less of the little half air bubbles? I think I have and like both so it is really not that important for my needs on what the label is but when posting pictures to instagram or elsewhere it is nice to give credit to the proper maker.
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  7. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I have now handled and owned knives with both Shadetree and Burlatex handles. I'm a big fan of micartas, so I'm really liking the qualities of Burlatex. The differences aren't huge, but noticeable enough.

    Also, Glenn, the owner of Burlatex, is hilarious. I got to hang out with him in "The Pit" after Blade Show. He has some great stories.
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  8. David L

    David L Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    So I put the burlap fiddleback knives that have together and the most distinctive thing that I noticed is that with 2 the sanding seems to sand off the threads in the burlap more leaving a flatter look with bigger but less pours that my naked eyes with glasses can see (Burlatex) and the other 2 it seems that the material between the threads gets removed a little more letting the threads sit higher than the space between between them with more pours that are smaller that my naked eyes with glasses could not see (Shade tree). If this is just some random anomaly that I am noticing please chime in here. I never really bothered to try to figure this out because they both feel very similar but having said that I like the feel of the Burlatex better. The exception is the blueberry burlap from shade tree is my favorite (not shown). Hopefully this helps, my eyes are not what they used to be so I am glad I did this.

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    Shade tree
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