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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by NJBillK, May 3, 2016.

  1. Sam Dean

    Sam Dean Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2012
    I have no idea if these are stabilized or not. Best I can tell is that they are not, but what do I know.... Maybe Derrick, or someone in the know at KSF, can chime in?

    On a side note, a machinist friend of mine was making some 1911 gun grips out of giraffe bone. I asked him why giraffe, and he said it's much harder than cow bone, more durable, and takes fine detail better. He said it had to do with the massive amount of stress put on the long legs of the animal, and that is made the bone much tougher. No idea if that's true, but it sounded plausible.
  2. totallynotalion


    Aug 30, 2015
    This run got me wondering about giraffe bone and I came across this article.

    (Taken from http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113185034/giraffe-leg-structure-keep-animal-upright-070414/)

    Giraffes are some very heavy animals, and those leg bones are no joke! I'm hoping to pick up one of these giraffe Esky's in the future, I haven't seen one that I didn't like yet.
  3. Sam Dean

    Sam Dean Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2012
    Cool article! I was afraid he was pulling my leg, but that seems to add a little support - it's gotta be some tough stuff to hold those creatures up!
  4. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    A kick from an adult giraffe with it's front legs is sufficiently powerful to kill an adult male lion. I'd imagine its back legs would be equally as strong if not stronger.
  5. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    Nice pun there Sam hahaha
  6. d.r.h.

    d.r.h. Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2012
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  7. t.willy

    t.willy Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Wow now there's a pair that a full house couldn't beat ;) That's a beautiful set of knives you got there d.r.h.
  8. Big_Tex


    Jun 26, 2014
    Thought I'd share some pics of my new Esky Zulus - Giraffe Bone #72 and Camel Bone #63



    Last edited: May 29, 2016
  9. Luger1952

    Luger1952 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2012
    Very nice BigT!:thumbup:
  10. draggat

    draggat Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    There sure are some beauties posted here. I almost passed on the Esky Zulu.... Had a shot at the giraffe bones and all.... Kicking myself, but I finally pulled the trigger on a camel bone.

    Anyone else notice that the 74 frame this is based on is the 47 frame in reverse? Too bad GEC doesn't release more single blade 74's. This is probably the best size and shape for a folding knife ever. BTW, I believe the cotton sampler is a single blade that utilizes this frame as well, but not such a useful blade shape.

    Derrick, you really hit a home run with this pattern!

    Shown with a 47
  11. chuckgp


    Dec 16, 2014
    Just got this one! :eek:

  12. totallynotalion


    Aug 30, 2015

    Lol, I was looking at that one also, the mystery knife, nice score!
  13. chuckgp


    Dec 16, 2014
    Thanks. Definitely nice, and a denim micarta on the way too.

    Someone got one like this, posted a while back. I thought it was Giraffe but I guess a few crazy camels got through.
  14. quaboag

    quaboag Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2016
    Not sure which I like best yet. Not that it matters; I'll never part with either![​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
  15. rickmenefee


    Jun 26, 2005
    Those two look very nice
  16. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    There are some amazing handles on these knives!
    I just got my Mammoth in - it looks and feels like old barn wood!
    I think I have seen this texture at the base of some tusks - must be "tusk root"!
    Anyone know? Knifemakers?:confused:

  17. TsarBomba

    TsarBomba Banned BANNED

    Jan 10, 2015
    That's freaky, Charlie.

    You sure they didn't give you some of that old barn chestnut meant for the #15s? :D

    (I am fighting a mighty battle with myself not to buy that knife, regardless of how awesome GEC's woods have been lately. :grumpy:)
  18. rickmenefee


    Jun 26, 2005
    Tony could probably tell you. Call him
  19. Jfowl31


    Mar 20, 2015
    I grabbed a "Denim Dan" off the exchange because I loved the style and have been wanting to try out denim micarta for a while now. The micarta seems to be less stable than typical canvas/paper/linen micarta to the touch. Almost feels like you could pull threads out of it. I love the feel of it now, but it has me worried about how it will wear. Has anyone touched up this micarta by sending to get rid of some of the rougher edges that seem "thready"? Or is it perfectly fine and I should just go with it and not worry?
  20. shipwright


    May 3, 2015
    its just roughly finished, also why the bolsters are left satin. Theres no danger of threads coming loose, it just takes a nice grippy texture when finished like that, and I'm glad they did it. It can be polished almost like canvas micarta, but loses that unique denim feel.

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