Calicoast wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:30 pm
MichaelScott wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:07 pm
I wonder what issues micarta has as knife scales.
I could be wrong, but I thought I read somewhere that the scales can shrink and or crack up with heat, travel, etc?
Maybe the smooth micarta?
Beyond the cost, it's tops in my opinion.
There is this other "forum" out there on the interwebs...it's all about "blades"...and there are a lot of good archived discussions about micarta and handle materials. Well made canvas or linen micarta is plenty tough and stable. It is used in hundreds of thousands of outdoor and survival knives and I don't ever recall ever hearing of any issues with a Micarta handle on any of the forums I browse. Even a google search yields nothing as far as issue with Micarta. You would think Esee, Bark River, LT Wright, Adventure Sworn, TOPS, and others would stop using Micarta if they were constantly dealing with warranty issues. And like I said, these are knives geared toward the survival crowd. Knives that go to deserted islands, jungles, rainforest, deserts, wars, etc.
I love Micarta, especially bead blasted matte finished micarta as it provides a very good grip. Burgundy, green, and denim micartas are absolutely stunning. And I would have zero hesitation about using any of my micarta fixed blades in the harshest of conditions.
I am super excited for a Cruwear Micarta Shaman, but slightly disappointed in the light brown color choice. The green micarta I feel is the best looking for a neutral safe choice. Burgundy would really be my first choice though.