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Osage orange is known to be extremely durable and is considered to be one of the most decay resistant woods native to North America. The Osage wood knife handle scales varies from gold to bright yellow in color and can darken with age and exposure to ultraviolet light. It takes stains, glues and finishes exceedingly well. Early French settlers would refer to the tree as bois d’arc, or “bow wood”, as the timber was used by Native Americans to make bows and war clubs. In fact, in the early 19th century, a good Osage bow was worth a horse and a blanket. Osage kn ife handle scales offers a multitude of application uses and using this as the star of your next custom knife making project will be sure to make something worthy to show off.