Custom Carved Katana Grip Evolution
I have carved quite a few of my “Katana” 1911 grips for folks all over the nation. The feel so good in the hand that I have a set on my own 1911. But nothing stays the same. The “Katana” Grip style underwent an evolution recently. Let me show you…
I had a client send me a photo of a Samauri Sword handle that had a metal ornament in the handle. I was on top of the rayskin and the cording of the grip was wrapped around it. The ornament became part of the grip. He asked if I could incorporate this in a carving of a set of grips for his 1911 and I moved forward with this project.
The 1911 grips he sent were smooth Maple and the design called for a third level to be carved in the thin 1911 grips – Three blossums and two flowerbuds to look like they were wrapped under the carved corded area of the grips and only showing through the diamond shaped openings along the grip. Below is what the looked with the carving complete and before the staining and finishing was done.
I took some time with the staining using oil paints that were diluted down to be much lik a stain instead of a paint. The only area that was stained was the area inside the carved diamonds, The rest of the grips were finishe their natural woodgrain with Tru-Oil finish applied with my fingertip to work in into the wood. A brush works fine, but I find it better to work a good clear oil finish in the the stock by hand to prevent drips in the finish. many thin coats are better that one or two thick coats.
Is this a grip style that interests you? If you have a custom design idea, we can work the final design up together. Drop me an email.
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1911 “Katana” or Samurai Sword style grips
I just finished another set of Model 1911 grips carved in the style of the grip of a Samurai Sword or “Katana”. My Client purchased the smooth 1911 grips from Raascogrips.com and they were very high quality grips and they are reasonably priced. The grips were sent to me after my client test fitted them to his pistol.
The outer areas of the grips were carved to look like the wrapped string and the diamonds cut out to look line the tanned Stingray skin that is underneath the wrapping.
The carving was kept the natural wood color except for the diamond cuts in the center which were stained Ebony.
Here is the final look. I fitted them on my own 1911 to see how they would look. They have a very classy look to them. Is it a look you would like for your Model 1911?
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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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