The purpose of Burl Source is to provide the best quality burl and highly figured woods that I can find, and prepare it to be used for knife handle material. The woods available in our webstore come from all over the world. Our stabilized woods are professionally stabilized by Knife and Gun Finishing Supply in Arizona.
Our web store contains hundreds of pieces of beautiful and unusual figured woods prepared especially with the custom knife maker in mind. Most of the wood in our store has been professionally stabilized with the exception of a few extremely durable hardwoods.
Every piece in the store is individually photographed with large photos showing both sides of the wood. You get to see exactly what you will be getting.
New stabilized wood is being added to our web store constantly so please check back often.
If you don't see what you are looking for, send me an email and I will do my best to get what you need.
Burl source began supplying wood to knife makers in 2008. As the years have gone by the knife makers have done a good job teaching me what works out best as knife handle material in regards to workability and what looks best. Now at the end of 2013 all of my time is spent obtaining and preparing top quality woods specifically for custom knife makers. I try to keep the quality better than you will find elsewhere while keeping the prices reasonable.
and.... Everything in our web store comes with a No Questions Asked, Money Back Guarantee.
Wood that is correctly stabilized for knife handle material is impregnated with a chemical stabilizing agent that infuses the fiber of the wood and then turns into a solid when it is cured. The purpose of the stabilizing is to make the wood much more durable than it would be naturally, and to lessen the chance of the wood shrinking or expanding. This helps to prevent handle material warping of cracking.
The process for stabilizing wood for use as knife handle material is as follows;
Blocks of dry wood are placed into a tank.
The tank is sealed and placed under a vacuum.
The stabilizing agent is released into the tank which is kept under a vacuum.
After a designated amount of time the vacuum is released and the tank is pressurized.
When done properly the stabilizing agent completely infuses the wood fiber.
Next the infused blocks undergo a curing process.
This curing process changes the stabilizing agent from a liquid into a solid.
This is how it is done with professional wood stabilizing for knife handle materials. We use K&G (Knife & Gun Finishing Supply) for all of our wood stabilizing.
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Burl Source Stabilized Knife Handle Wood.