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Handles

The blade handle is the covering over the blade tang. The variety of blade handle styles and materials is almost limitless, so only the most common will be covered here. Handle materials can include one or more of the following: antler, bone, precious and semiprecious stone, leather, cording, ivory, mother of pearl, wood, plastics, carbon fiber, rubber, metals, and even fiberglass. In some instances the blade material itself is forged into a handle shape providing a one piece construction without using a separate handle material. Handle materials are intended to provide a secure gripping surface for the user to hold while employing the blade. Additionally, many handle materials provide an aesthetic upgrade enhancing the appearance and collectability of the blade. Obviously, any form of handle material which is separate from the blade must be attached or fastened to the blade in some manner. Attachment methods include screws, brads, rivets, and glue. Some handle materials such as plastics and rubbers are formed around the tang and thus do not have separate fasteners. Other blade materials such as leather and cording are simply wrapped around the tang and held in place by compression.


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