Back in 1978 I became interested in custom knives, bought enough to outfit a store. Met some great fellows who are now grinding in another world such as Jimmy Lile, Ruffin Johnson, Harvey McBurnette, George Herron, Martin Pullen, G.W. Stone and more that are still around. Never met a nicer group or more humble group of people than knife makers...
My question is this, how durable are the stabilized handles? For example, if I drop one five feet on a sharp boulder will it chip crack or scuff. What about heat extremes? Walk out of a 68* cabin into a 5* cold morning? What about leaving the knife in a hot truck in South Texas for a month? If you leave one next to the camp fire will it melt or flame up? Does the material get slippery when wet or soaked with blood? Regarding temperature extremes, will expansion or shrinkage be enough to cause cracking or splitting? Does the material scuff easily? I'm sure there are different types of material just as in steels, so I would appreciate any help? Also, any ideas on longevity?
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