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A 1911 “Samarai Sword” Grip Design
Model 1911 grips are difficult to design custom carvings for because there is just not much wood to work with. They are very thin. Here is a new grip carving design that gives a solid hold on the firearm and has a bit of style. Call it the “Katana grip” modeled after the Japanese Samurai Sword, sometimes called a “Katana”.
It’s carved to copy the grip of a Samurai sword like the one above. The braided cord area on the grip is carved to show the individual braided cords in the swords grip. The diamond areas in the middle are in lower relief and stippled to copy the stingray skin used underneth the cording on the sword’s grip. The grip of your sidearm should make it feel like it’s an extention of your hand, just like a Samurai’s sword was an extention of his.
If you would like a carving like this on your 1911′s grips, or on any other sidearm grips, contact me. I liked the feel of this design so much, I carved one for my own .38 Super model 1911.
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Custom Carved Grips for your Model 1911
There has been a huge increase of popularity in the model 1911 pistol over the last few years. It seems to be peaking with the 100th anniversary of the model 1911 this year. Because of this there are a huge number of firearms manufacturers making various versions of the model 1911 pistol.
You can get an entry level G.I. model for a few hundred dollars, a top of the line model with all the bells and whistles for several thousand, or your choice of almost anything in between. No matter what model they choose, most enthusiasts want to make it their own – to personalize it. There is no better way to do this then choosing a custom grip.
There are many pistols that come withwood grips sporting a basic checkering pattern, some pistols even come with smooth wooden grips. I will show you an option here of a basketweave that can give you something that is functional and very personal. The work you see here can be done on your current grips or I do keep some completed grips on hand for sale.
The following photos show the steps. First the basketweave outline is carved.
Then the voids in the weave are removed.
Next, the actual basketweave is defined and given depth.
The individual weaves are given texture. Notice the difference between the steps.
Ready for the Tung Oil finish.
As I said, the work you see here I can do on your current grips, I can carve grips on hand to your specifications, or I do have some completed custom carved grips on hand for sale. You have many options, Basket Weave, Fish Scales, Scrolls, Leaves, Wildlife, or just your Initials. If this kind of personalization interests you, contact me and let me know how I can help.
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