All production is done on modern computerized machinery (CNC) to guarantee the proper fit on the frame. Each piece is then manualy sanded to created a perfectly smooth surface and to provide a more comfortable fit in your hand.
And the next stage we engrave a non-slip pattern (checkering, stippling, texturing, ...). This afords better holding of the gun.
Then we treat the surface with a blend of natural oils, which protects the wood and brings out its natural beauty - it still looks and feels like wood and does not resemble a lump of plastic.
Also, we do not stain or use varnish on our grips, which allows you to make minor modifications, if necessary. All you need to do is to apply a little bit of oil to the exposed part of the wood. This also works great when restoring the beauty of the wood after minor scratches.
As a final touch, we wax and polish the grip to add a little gloss and to give it one more layer of protection.
In the past, we have used other kinds of hardwood, but gradually, we have found that walnut is the best material to use - in its strength, its hardness, granularity and flexibility. Ever since guns have been produced, people have considered walnut to be the best choice and for historical weapons it is a must.
We currently use mainly the following types of walnut from California or Utah:
Bastogne - a rare hybrid resulting from a cross between an English Walnut and a Black Walnut species; selected for its closed pores and hardness. It can take hard recoil. The wood can be very beautiful or quite plain; sometimes confused with Royal Walnut.
Black (Claro) - probably the most plentiful of the strains in the US. It is native to California and a very beautiful type of walnut. We use a selected hard wood from the Black walnut trees . Claro has been in use for gun wood for over a hundred years.
English - planted initially in Utah by the Mormom settlers, because it grows well in cold weather (Carpathian Strain from Eastern Europe). The Northern California English is Highly marbled, with mineral lines. High grade English Walnut blanks are very rare on this market.
French - the Northern California trees (Franquette strain) tend to be highly marbled, with mineral lines, each piece being truly unique (and very expensive);
All these woods come in a great variaties of colors and figure. Every photographed grip is only a sample of the general character, color and grain.
However, occasionally we come accross some trully unique pieces, which we then offer as exclusive products, sold as individual items (separately displayed and priced).