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G10 Material - G10 Fiberglass - G10 Composite: G10 Handle Making Materials

All the colors shown are pictures of 2" x 2" G10 squares. Most are ground at an angle to show the layers. Some color variation may occur.

Single color G10 examples:
Black G10 Coarse Black G10 Blue G10 Coyote Brown G10 Earth Brown G10 Gray G10 Gray G10 Forest Green G10 Jade Greeen G10 OD Green G10 Coarse OD Green G10 Toxic Green G10 Orange G10 Pink G10 Red G10 Tan G10 White G10 Yellow G10

Multi color G10 examples:
Black and Blue G10 Black and Blue G10 Black and Earth Brown G10 Black and Grey G10 Black and Grey G10 Black and OD Green G10 Black and Orange G10 Black and Pink G10 Black and Toxic Green G10 Black and White G10 Black and Yellow G10

Call us if you don't see a thickness or color you want.

Thunderstorm Kevlar™ Sample:
Thunderstorm Kevlar

G10 Material - G10 Fiberglass - and G10 Composite: G10 Handle Making Materials

WARNING: Always wear a respirator when working with composite materials. Wear the respirator when cleaning your work area. Do everything possible to avoid breathing the dust and fumes.

The samples shown are pictures of 2" x 2" squares. The samples are ground at an angle to show the layers. Some color variation may occur.

G10:
G10 is a composite made of layers of glass cloth and epoxy resin. It has very high flex, impact and bond strength.

Micarta:
Micarta is a composite made of layers of cloth or paper and phenolic resin.

Micarta is not as strong as G10, but it still is very strong. It has been called "The Steel of the Plastic Industry". In addition to knife handles it is an excellent material for making jigs and fixtures. When I make fixtures I drill & tap holes directly in micarta without threaded inserts. The threads have never stripped.

Natural micarta is a yellow or tan. As it ages the color turns to a red/brown.

Thunderstorm Kevlar:
Thunderstorm Kevlar is made with layers of Kevlar fabric bonded with resin. Brass wires are woven through the fabric. The layers of fabric are very coarse. It looks almost like burlap. The material polishes very well. Kevlar is a true space age material. It is used in applications where light weight, flexibility and strength are required.

Finishing Tips:
When you sand composites the layers look similar to wood grain. When you are finished sanding the handle may look chalky or dull. If you want the orginal color:
1) Wash the handle thoroughly with Dawn dish soap
2) Spray the handle with WD-40
3) Wash the handle with Dawn again

To make the handle more "grippy" sandblast the finished handle with course aluminum oxide or silicon carbide abrasive. Use the washing tip to restore the color.


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