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The Ironwood Thread

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

  1. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    Isn't that true of all woods to some extent? I don't know, but I just kind of assumed it.
     
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  2. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Probably, although furniture such as Walnut & Mahoghany certainly fade and lighten in sunlight.
    Osage Orange shows quite a marked contrast in colour, from yellow gold to ochre terracotta colour. I think Purpleheart wood also rapidly changes colour.
     
  3. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    I've had a few ironwood scaled knives and haven't noticed any significant changes, but they didn't see a lot of sunshine, being kept in a knife roll when they weren't in my pocket.
     
  4. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I don't think ironwood is as porous as some of the other woods, so won't darken nearly as much.
     
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  5. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    I have had an ironwood scale turn significantly darker over time. It was the side against me on a knife that I carried IWB. Porosity does not indicate propensity to darken. It is frequently due to UV exposure, in addition to exposure to moisture, oils, etc. If my information is correct, osage darkens from UV exposure.

    That being said, I do not think desert ironwood darkens significantly from UV exposure. For example, I have pieces of desert ironwood and cocobolo in my bedroom that have been exposed to the same light for years. The cocobolo has changed from rich bright red to almost black, but the ironwood looks the same as the day I got it. So if you are careful to keep it from regular moisture/oil contact, it probably won't change much.
     
  6. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
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  7. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Newest ironwood addition :D

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  8. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Some of ya will remember the large block of iron wood I got for handles:

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    I was excited to see what was inside cause ya just never know. I was talking with OG bout a project and he asked me to describe the grain inside this block. Best I could come up with was twisted feathers. Here's the first few made from this block.

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    The customer that ordered this Castrator specified "dark" ironwood. Think we got that done on this one. From my firewood stash. In the sun the lighter areas just glow.

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  9. Travman

    Travman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2016
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  10. stevekolt

    stevekolt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Here's a Murray Carter neck knife in Ironwood (for sale in the exchange)

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  11. OLd_gUY

    OLd_gUY

    Feb 20, 2018
    YEAH, man!! That's the ticket! Lookin' GOOD!! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: :D :cool:
    Do it :thumbsup:
    OG
     
  12. stevekolt

    stevekolt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
  13. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Will do!
     
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  14. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
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  15. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
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  16. OLd_gUY

    OLd_gUY

    Feb 20, 2018
    I received this yesterday from @Horsewright .
    Dave says this is the only damascus El Toro he has ever done and this sucker is muy SHARP :)
    IMHO the ironwood he selected for me is absolutely outstanding :thumbsup:. Glows like velvet!
    I couldn't be happier with this beautiful example of his extraordinary craftsmanship.
    Thanks Dave - you da' man!
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  17. pistonsandgears

    pistonsandgears Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2011
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  19. pistonsandgears

    pistonsandgears Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2011
  20. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thank you sir for the kind words! That knife is handled in the last scales from that big block up in post #88.

    For another BF member here on the porch I recently finished the only Scandinavian Dadley I've ever done. This knife is heading to Sweden right now. It's scales were cut from a different block of wood.

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