So in my search, I found a new fossil - fossilized coral. I had never worked with it before, so got an inexpensive set of scales (that's what the handle pieces are known as) and a relatively inexpensive knife, and tried it out.
The results were quite more than I had imagined! Take a look...
The coral itself is a deep shade of purple, and very intricately patterned. I was going to try them on a Damascus blade, but the Wife convinced me that there would be too much going on. Also, the Damascus blades are spendy, and if it didn't work, I didn't want to be out a pricey blade.
Anyway, I think I'll add coral and fossilized coral to my arsenal. I've got some seriously cool knives in my future!
You know what else I've been thinking? Since today is the anniversary of Neil walking on the moon and all, wouldn't it be cool to do a knife with moon rock scales!
Happy walk on the moon day! Forty years ago, three guys showed the world just what potential humans had. I wish we had followed up on it. Well. Slowly but surely I suppose.