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Knife Handles



I want to talk now about the various components that make up knife handles. There are a lot of different kinds of knife handles, and you’re sure to find the perfect one for you out of this list. The types of knife handle compositions are: glass-reinforced nylon/GRN, aluminum, Micarta, Kraton, G-10, carbon fiber, and natural materials, like leather, bone, and wood. For myself, I like the sturdiness of a classic wood handle; I inherited a couple of beautiful knives from my late father, one of which is a Bowie knife from the 1960s/1970s that has a thick wooden handle. The other is a smaller utility knife/work knife with a shorter, thinner blade that has a leather-wrapped handle. Regarding that one, I really like the feeling of the smoothness of the leather in my hand. I will go into each one briefly for you, so you can understand the differences among them and why each is valuable to the knife enthusiast.



Glass-reinforced nylon

This material is nylon that’s been wrapped in fiberglass in order to harden it against wear-and-tear. Glass-reinforced nylon, or GRN as it’s known, is a very strong substance that is anti-abrasion, anti-impact, and it will not break down in the presence of chemicals, and also, it will not expand when exposed to heat. All these wonderful attributes make glass-reinforced nylon a popular choice for knife handles today.



Aluminum is a tough and a lightweight metal that boasts great anti-scratch properties, especially when it’s been hard-anodized. Hard-anodization is a coating that’s applied to aluminum and other metals, using a process that electrocutes the metal, in order to promote a non-scratching, super-hard surface that will endure whatever strain and stress that it’s put through.




G-10 is primarily fiberglass bathed in resin, and baked after these layers have been squeezed together. G-10 affords the user protection from liquids and fluids, and also, the G-10 will not contract if met with extreme heat or cold. These handles usually include a no-slip grip.




This substance, which has a trade name, is actually sheets of linen dipped in resin, and then condensed to form a beautifully smooth and solid handle.



This is an artificial rubber-like material that has many strengths, including protection from heat, chemicals, and general wear-and-tear. Kraton is ductile, like real rubber, and seals well; it also won’t slip out of your hand, so you can be assured of having a firm and a constant grasp on your lovely handle.



This can be any number of materials, from leather, to wood, to bone — some people prefer “authentic” components that have an organic, classic feel to them.


Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is a fairly recent innovation that consists of threads of carbon material braided together and then hardened using resin during a process that involves strong pressure. Carbon fiber thus becomes light and very robust from this treatment.



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