Thoughts on faux ivory grips

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Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#1 Post by fordwannabe » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:32 pm

Gentlemen I would like your recommendations on some faux ivory grips for Ruger Blackhawk and Ruger super Blackhawk. I have heard of a wood, I don’t remember,I believe it was holley?that is used for a set of grips and something called ivory wood in addition to all the plastics polymers etc. any thoughts or ideas appreciated thanks.
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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#2 Post by milton » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:15 pm

The wood you are asking about is American Holly.Do a web search of Holly grips and you should find a lot of photos.They start out snow white and yellow with age under an oil finish.
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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#3 Post by Bill in Oregon » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:31 pm

Holly is lovely stuff in its own right.

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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#4 Post by J Miller » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:44 pm

I have a set of American Holley grips by CLC grips.
Here is a pic of them when they were new back in 2006.
CLCyellowedAMHollygrips12-23-06b_we.jpg
They have aged and darkened considerably since, but I can't find the pics I took ... yet.

ETA: Found them:
2010
OMBHyellowinggrips4-12-13.jpg
ETA# 2: Here's the thread over on TRF where we discussed the AH grips:
http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB3/viewto ... 3&t=178561


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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#5 Post by Chuck 100 yd » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:17 pm

Holley trees were grown locally commercially for the Christmas trade and shipped world wide.Fake Holley decorations killed that many years ago.
Holley trees don’t normally grow large so finding large enough pieces to make grips is fairly difficult and they command a premium price when quality blanks are found.
That said , Holly makes a very nice substitute for Ivory. You want clear wood without heartwood and it must be properly dried or warpage is sure to happen. Expect to pay as much as highly figured Walnut.
Friend Six sent me some a couple years back. Thanks Six ! After letting it climatize to our area it did warp some. I ended up using it for knife handles.they do look like Ivory.

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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#6 Post by fordwannabe » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:02 pm

Thanks guys.
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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#7 Post by Pete44ru » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:39 am

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Another alternative would be linen/canvas Micarta.


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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#8 Post by J Miller » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:51 am

Pete44ru wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:39 am
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Another alternative would be linen/canvas Micarta.


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I may have asked this before, but who made you're grips? They look gorgeous.

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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#9 Post by Pete44ru » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:07 pm

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They are Antique paper Micarta grips from www.clcustomgrips.com , over on the Ruger Forum.

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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#10 Post by J Miller » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:00 pm

Pete44ru wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:07 pm
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They are Antique paper Micarta grips from www.clcustomgrips.com , over on the Ruger Forum.

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Looks like CLC might be out of business. I just tried your link and those in my bookmarks and could not get to his site.

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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#11 Post by Pete44ru » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:07 pm

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It might be that he's taking a sabbatical from making grips, although he's still actively posting on www.rugerforum.com & www.singleactions.com

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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#12 Post by Twodot » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:43 pm

J Miller wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:00 pm
Pete44ru wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:07 pm
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They are Antique paper Micarta grips from www.clcustomgrips.com , over on the Ruger Forum.

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Looks like CLC might be out of business. I just tried your link and those in my bookmarks and could not get to his site.

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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#13 Post by Woodtroll » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:37 pm

Some of the folks who post over on one of the 1911 forums have been happy with this synthetic ivory; it even has "grain" to it:

https://guitarpartsandmore.com/mainCate ... -Blanks-57

However, I have no first-hand experience with it, but have been tempted to make a set from it when I have more time. Good luck!
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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#14 Post by M. M. Wright » Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:13 am

I've happily used some grips called "Tru-Ivory" on a couple of my Colt SAAs. It even yellows some with age or can be stained with tea. Comes from Bar S Grips online. I bought mine from a vendor at the "Show Me Shootout" in Branson but can't remember his name. 'course I can't remember much of anything these days.
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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#15 Post by fordwannabe » Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:50 pm

m.M. Those look pretty good. I was really liking the American holly but the guy that impressed me with his work seems to be having health issues right now. What general pricing for a set of those. I truly don’t know if they are$100 or $300. Thanks
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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#16 Post by M. M. Wright » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:37 pm

Seems to me I remember $75 to 150 depending if checkered, steer head, eagle etc. I like the one piece style that must be glued together in the middle.
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Left is Walrus that is fossilized I think and the other is ivory from the Colt custom shop. $700 back in '72.
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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#17 Post by Ray » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:52 pm

M. M. Wright wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:37 pm
Seems to me I remember $75 to 150 depending if checkered, steer head, eagle etc. I like the one piece style that must be glued together in the middle.
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Left is Walrus that is fossilized I think and the other is ivory from the Colt custom shop. $700 back in '72.

That is $4,257 adjusted to today's dollar buying power!
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Re: Thoughts on faux ivory grips

#18 Post by fordwannabe » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:54 pm

Thanks for the information and those Colts and the grips are gorgeous.
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