• Handles

The handles of our hoof knives are made from hickory, quarter-sawn oak, or osage orange. All of these native species are time-tested as tool handles. Almost always overlooked, these woods provide a very presentable appearance when finished properly.

Hickory is used largely in everyday working knives, but the species of your choice will be used upon request.

One commonly overlooked aspect of production knives is how the handle feels and fits the user. A knife that fits the male farrier able to palm a basketball won't work for a petite lady vet who deals in hoof work, or vice versa. Differences in gender, development of muscles in the hands from constant use, and individual characteristics such as wrist issues all come into play. A knife that doesn't fit or feel comfortable results in strain as one tries to find a comfortable position in the hand. Too large a handle is notorious for producing this effect. Farriers can relate this to their hammer handles. The hand should close on a knife in the same manner.

Side effects of poor fit range from loss of leverage to sore wrists and elbows, but most importantly: You'll be unable to control the blade properly. Many a knife has been chewed up on a belt grinder as the end-user tries to get the knife to fit their hand properly. This is why we offer a number of handle shapes, lengths, and thicknesses to fit your personal preference.

Another option to consider is the necking-down of the handle at the blade end. A thin neck provides a more secure handle for the majority of people. The amount of taper will vary according to the user. A Baggett knife handle is made to fit the individual.

An important reason we like to communicate directly with our buyers who want a more personal custom knife is to find their needs and find the handle that serves them best.