Dave Warther's Resin-Ivory™ imitation ivory is the highest quality imitation ivory we have seen, worked or handled - ever. Arvorin and other alternative ivories are made as spun polyesters but Resin Ivory™ is a resin based material that has greater strength and beauty.
We have Resin-Ivory™ R grade (Regular) rod stock for pipe makers and we have Resin-Ivory+S™ S grade rods. The standard Resin-Ivory™ R grade has grain that looks like real ivory. The end grain on Resin-Ivory™ shows a swirl pattern whereas Resin-Ivory+S™ 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 quarter-sawn ivory grain showing on the lengthwise grain of the material.
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 grade material is the ultimate in ivory 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.
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!
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.