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wash
03-07-2009, 8:07 PM
I'm thinking about a project that needs Mammoth Ivory grips.

Who is the best source to go to for this kind of work?

One Shot, One Dropped
03-07-2009, 9:47 PM
Africa... I hear that's where most of those tasty animals live...

colossians323
03-07-2009, 9:51 PM
Africa... I hear that's where most of those tasty animals live...

he said mammoth, that would be the Arctic!

One Shot, One Dropped
03-07-2009, 9:55 PM
he said mammoth, that would be the Arctic!

Oops. I was skimming and missed that. I just saw "ivory".

Vectrexer
03-07-2009, 10:30 PM
I'm thinking about a project that needs Mammoth Ivory grips.

Who is the best source to go to for this kind of work?

I hear they unearthed a couple at the tar pits.

joea
03-07-2009, 11:41 PM
I hear they unearthed a couple at the tar pits.
Unusable, it needs to be from a permafrost zone.
Mammoth and Mastodont Ivory
Although commonly called Mastodon Ivory, at least 98% of the ancient elephant ivory from Alaska,
Siberia or N. Western Canada is Mammoth Ivory. The Mastadon line has gone extinct while the
Mammoth line survives today as the Asian and African elephant. Mammoth ivory from Alaska is
from 11,000 to 40,000 years old. Bones and ivory radiocarbon dated from interior Alaska near
Fairbanks is commonly 25-28,000 years old. Preserved frozen for thousands of years, the material is
still usable while most Mammoth and Mastadon ivory from lower latitudes in the Continental U.S.
has been mineralized into stone.

Here's some links...

http://www.gripsandknives.com/Ivory...l_Grips_s/7.htm

http://home.comcast.net/~mgpsrjr/index.html

http://www.1911customgrips.com/browse.html

http://www.collinscraftgrips.com/

http://www.boonetrading.com/Pg14.html

http://www.nutmegsports.com/

http://www.elenhunting.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=EHOS&Category_Code=MIG

wash
03-08-2009, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the links.

rp55
03-08-2009, 6:12 PM
You might inquire with pettecat and Prestige West who sell mammoth ivory grips on gunbroker.com.

joea
03-09-2009, 5:56 PM
Thanks for the links.
Your welcome. Here's my 1911 with mammoth bark ivory grips and a "How to keep your ivory clean" link. Good luck with your project.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o231/icepic1/HPIM0031-1.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o231/icepic1/HPIM0039-1.jpg
http://www.prlog.org/10130037-how-to-keep-your-ivory-clean-with-doc-ivory.html

geeknow
03-09-2009, 6:25 PM
I have used Jeff Soffrein's grips before, with tremendous success. He is a local guy (aargh, i am still searching for his #), and sells his wares at the gun shows. In addition to Mammoth ivory, he also has Mammoth molar, as well as some of the most gorgeous exotic woods that i have ever seen. i purchased a set from him to test fit and finish, then ordered 5 additional sets to be made. they came out beautifully, and I cant wait for the gun to be done, so i can put them on.

The Mammoth molar that he has is stunning, deep blues, greeney-yellows, and blood red. the different colors come from the different layers in the tooth.

In talking with him about this, and other unique materials that he works with, he told me that mammoth ivory and molar was recently reclassified as an "ivory" (as in taken from a creature that may walk this earth today) vs a "fossil". This means that the only "material" to work with has to already be here in the US, there is (or will be soon) a ban on importation.

I will search and find his #, but to those that want to seek him out at the show, he should be at costa mesa this month. he is always in the SW building towards the south side.

his booth sign says "the worlds most exotic wood grips", and he has lots of different styles and species.:thumbsup:

savage1
03-09-2009, 7:39 PM
Also check with Wilson Combat, I seem to remember seeing both elephant and mammoth ivory grips for sale in their master catalog. They were very expensive but then again I have not priced them before so I have no clue what the going price is.

Vacaville
03-10-2009, 8:26 AM
Guess you don't have to worry about supporting poachers when you go for Mammoth ivory.