Resin-Ivory™ Top grade Imitation ivory. Resin-Ivory™ is the highest quality imitation ivory we have seen,worked or handled - ever. This material comes in two grades. Both are of the same high quality but with different grain features. Resin-Ivory™ R grade has grain like ivory but with a bit of a Zebra swirl pattern to it. The +S grade looks just like real ivory with a quarter sawn ivory grain look.
The +S grade looks so much like real ivory that customs agents are going to think it is real ivory but it flouresces purple under a black light so they will be able to discern it from real ivory once they check it.
This material turns like butter on a lathe 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 or hold felt to it as it spins in the lathe. It also accepts a clear coat finish without any resistance or any proclivity to peeling, etc.. If your tools are sharp the material is a dream to turn. if dull, you may experience chipping.
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 scrims like ivory! It also works like ivory with conventional saws and files.
We cut the slabs from bar stock so the slabs have a cut surface on both sides. This material is ideal for inlay stock but should not be purchased for knife handles or similar applications where very consistant thickness and a smooth surface is needed.