Bone handles have been used on pocket knives for hundreds of years. They offer a natural, plentiful and fairly durable cover for jack knives from the shin bone of cattle. Early on, bone handles were smooth and some were scored with different patterns. It wasn’t until the late 1800s when the process of jigging by machine was incorporated to add small dimples and gouges to the handle. There is a wide variety of bone handles that collectors look for, including Winterbottom (mostly used by Queen), Rogers bone (used by Remington and Pal), Green Bone (Case XX), 2nd Cut Stag and more.
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