"Flint Knapped" 1911A1 Pistol Grips

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Project by foxcrafts posted 10-19-2010 05:17 PM 6023 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a change in direction from the knives I had been working, I discovered a new arena for exploration with grips for the trusty 1911A1 and their clones numbering in the thousands!! The materials are purchased in the “white” and are made of walnut or maple. Tooled much like the other projects I’ve posted, I was able to add various coloring by way of permanent ink markers or stains. A coat of semi gloss lacquer seals everything.
I mounted the finished projects on my Caspian .45 for the photo op. I’m thinking I should be able to sell these for $22 each. I bought 2 dozen blanks to work with. Best regards to all. Gary

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 05:22 PM

Oh wow those are nice! Are you ready for a sale?

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 05:43 PM

Very good move. I am sure you could do well with these with a little marketing effort. $22.00 is way cheep, check out the cost of what other grips cost for this and other models that offer real wood and custom grips. Nice work.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 05:49 PM

I am totally ready to sell some of these grips at $22 each. I can be contacted at for info. Thanks

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 05:49 PM

Ok, Gary.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 06:42 PM

Agreed, custom grips for pistols can run to high dollars. If you can make these for that little you’ll get a lot of sales. They look great!

-- Nate,

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 06:57 PM

Very Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 07:07 PM

Wow nice work.

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 08:39 PM

those are some cool grips. i really like that look – you should be able to sell a lot of them! thanks for sharing

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 10:15 PM

Trusty? Have you ever shot a 1911A1. Man even the ones we trained with in 70 were all over the place at 25 meters. Just kidding, beautiful gun and grip. wish I could afford one. Seriously, the 45 ACPs that we trained with you couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, at 25 meters. Maybe in trench warfare THEY were lethal. The officers in 71 or 72 wanted to carry 9mm’s which were more accurate but less lethal. I left the Army before I found out what they settled on.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 10-19-2010 11:04 PM

They settled on Beretta 9mm. One thing about a 45. When you hit something, that something didn’t get back up!

-- Life is good.

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#11 posted 10-19-2010 11:06 PM

BTW Fox, have you looked into wood dyes? Nathan Allen turned me on to them and they work great(depending on the type of wood). They are cheap and quick. You could even do “Pink” for the ladies.

-- Life is good.

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#12 posted 10-19-2010 11:10 PM

Not sure which I am drooling over more, the pistol or the grips….but since it is a woodworking forum, I’ll settle on the grips. Those colors truly pop.

-- We are all just one moment of arrogance away from disaster

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#13 posted 10-20-2010 12:50 AM

Nice application for the knapped look. I think you should take the knapped part to the edge so that the edges are not straight.
As for trusty; for something that was designed 100 years ago, and is still probably the most widely copied and manufactured pistols today – I think it deserves that moniker. John Browning was a freakin genius.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#14 posted 10-20-2010 03:12 AM

Love your wood knapping skills and think this is a very good application. The dyed wood looks great as shown, but it seems like you might be able to charge a significant premium if you skip the dye and use some kind of premium wood to begin with. In any event, they already look as good or better than 90% of the grips I’ve seen, so agree with some other posters to take that into consideration when pricing your work.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#15 posted 10-20-2010 04:34 AM

Unique! You’ve found a new approach to an industry standard. Good work.

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