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oldgrinder
08-22-2001, 11:45 AM
Has anyone had any experience working with South America
Iron Wood? Pros?/Cons? I have some SA Iron wood that
was given to me and it really looks good, real heavy and
dense. For knife handles..???
Thanks, Oldgrinder
Alvin

Knifemaker01
08-23-2001, 03:23 PM
According to a wood expert that come into the paltalk room, there are three varieties of Ironwood. I use the variety you are probably refering to (destert ironwood) quite a bit and love it. Several other makers use this also on a regular basis.
One thing that might be worth noting is, the first time I worked it...I sneezed every ten seconds for three days, but have had no troubles since.
Has anyone else had this problem with ironwood?

Steve
www.stevescutlery.com

MJHKNIVES
08-23-2001, 03:47 PM
Yes,I have.The first time I ground it,I stupidly was'nt wearing a respirator,got a severe lung infection that took three weeks to clear up.I since found out that "Olneya Tesota"or AZ desert ironwood has got more,and much stronger natural pesticide,than anything you can buy over the counter,plus some other nasties.It can cause fungal infections leading to pneumonia,etc.Best to be protected,IMO.

oldgrinder
08-23-2001, 06:22 PM
Thanks to all on the iron wood replies.
Oldgrinder, Alvin
www.blademan.org