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The Ironwood Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Pàdruig, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    Please pardon the unimaginative title but sometimes simple and direct is best.

    I did not see a dedicated Ironwood thread (despite my best sleuthing efforts) so I thought that due to its popularity as a cover material, one was certainly warranted. Ironwood is popular for a reason. It is a hard, durable wood with exceptional beauty and character. No two pieces are alike.

    Now I understand that Ironwood is a rather broad term that encompasses many different species but I will let someone more knowledgeable that I comment in regards to that.

    Otherwise, please let this be a place where folks can discuss its merits as a cover material and show off their collections!


    Here are some pictures of my modest assortment. Note the significant differences in character and hue.

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  2. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    This is my favorite looking ironwood that I can recall seeing, it's also on a stockman, which is luckily mine. If you only got one (ironwood) it may as well be a good one, right?

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  3. leghog

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    Aug 10, 2013
  4. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
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  5. Chui

    Chui Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    - nice one, Dylan :thumbsup:

    Hope you’re well

    Yes, it’s such an awesome wood in so many ways. As well as collecting knives, I’m unable to resist a good piece of wood too. Have collected much Des-ir over the years only to realise it gradually darkens with age, nothing I’ve heard of can be done to reverse the process sadly. Having said that, I’ve one or two blocks that glisten in the light, look and feel gold........well, you know what I mean.

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  6. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 25, 2005
    The ironwood, more than any other cover, has made me want one of the lambsfoots.
     
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  7. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    My only desert ironwood so far:
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    Such a beautiful wood.
     
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  8. cigarrodog

    cigarrodog Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 18, 2014
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  9. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

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  10. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    I am rather fond of desert ironwood (olneya tesota). Here are some examples:
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  11. DelOro

    DelOro Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2016
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  12. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Nice Ironwood everyone!
    Some pretty nice Ironwood Burl on this Krein.
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  13. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    That's an understatement Gary! :cool: I remember the first time you posted it. Incredible and I don't think I've seen very much ironwood burl, if any, other than yours.
     
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  14. The Zieg

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    Jan 31, 2002
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  15. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
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  16. Chui

    Chui Gold Member Gold Member

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  17. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Some wonderful examples in there, Paul!
     
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    Travman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2016
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  19. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Mine has the spirit of a wolf living within its grain...
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  20. abcdef

    abcdef

    Oct 28, 2005
    Obviously not my picture, but my knife. A BF member made it a while back.

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