For the most part, we don’t give much thought to the tools we use every day. They become so common to us that often we have no idea how they’re made or what they’re made of. That can be true for our knives too. Did you know that the blade you have in your pocket right now might be a glass handle knife? It seems strange, but it’s certainly possible.
It’s not the same form as the glass in a window, it’s fiberglass, which is a glass-based cloth. Thankfully for knife makers and knife lovers alike, this material can be shaped into amazing forms that make up the handles of many of our favorite blades.
A very popular material that uses fiberglass is G10, which is used for several applications such as handguns, mechanical insulation, as well as knife handles. It’s versatility, and durability make it an ideal choice for the knives we rely on day in and day out.
To make a knife handle, many layers of fiberglass cloth are soaked in epoxy resin and then shaped using heat and pressure into countless forms. As it dries, the composite material cures and is ready for the next step in the process. The G10 can then be shaped and worked further until it reaches the form we recognize that’s used on so many great knives on the market today.
G10 is ideal for knives due to its toughness and longevity, because it doesn’t rust, go soft, rot, or break down like other materials do over time. It can be given texture also, which makes it very grippy, giving you confidence that it’ll stay put in your hand. And most importantly, it’s impervious to moisture, so you don’t have to worry about it absorbing rain, sweat, or even blood.
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