Dave Warther's Resin-Ivory™ imitation ivory for knife scales and handles. Resin Ivory is the highest quality imitation ivory we have seen, worked or handled - ever.
We have Resin-Ivory™ in sheet grade, R Grade (Regular grade) and S Grade (With Shreger Lines). The sheet grade is the least expensive. It has a very attractive ivory grain that looks very much like the lace grain pattern seen in West African ivory. The R grade has grain that has a wavy ivory grain pattern. The end grain on Resin-Ivory™ R grade shows a swirl pattern whereas the S grade shows the end grain feature of real ivory with the Shreger lines - hence the "+S" designation. The Shreger lines form a herringbone or diamond patterning in real ivory and our Resin-Ivory+S™ has this same grain feature. The +S grade also has more of a quater-sawn ivory grain showing on the face of each slab. All of these grades have grain that changes as one turns the knife in one's hand just as real ivory does.
The S grade looks so much like real ivory that customs agents are going to think it is real ivory. It flouresces purple under a black light so they will be able to discern it from real ivory once they check it. The S material is the ultimate in ivory knife handle replication with a non-ivory material.
This material works just like real ivory with conventional tools and takes a high polish by buffing with white jewelers rouge on cloth or felt wheels/pads. One needs only sand with 400 grit wet/dry paper and then take it to a buffing wheel. Glues to wood with white glue and to other materials with super glue or epoxy. Screw rivets work fine but this material will crack under the pressure of peened rivets.
This material is also the best imitation ivory we have scrimshawed. There is no squishiness when scriming and there is no bleeding of the ink into unwanted areas as seen on other imitation ivories. It works like ivory, polishes like ivory and scrims like ivory!