Solid Birch, and Birch Bark are prized as knife handle materials for their striking contrasts, light weight, and grip characteristics. Native Americans have used birch wood and bark to construct strong, waterproof canoes, bowls, wigwams, and tools. Today the bark is used to form waterproofing, and many decorative objects. Birch is easily cut, bent and sewn, which has made it a valuable resource since prehistoric times. As a knife handle material, birch wood and bark is excellent.