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Please Note: We purchased all the remaining inventory from a South Carolina supplier who just sold out to us.This material is limited, scarce and rarely offered. Order with confidence.
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Remember, why pay more when
you don't have to.
There may be others who
purport to have similar material at higher pricing but in fact all they're
doing is gouging you.
This is vintage (late 1980's
or early 1990's) Westinghouse bleached linen micarta which was heat pressed
into sheets. This is the real deal. The block you see is 1.5" x 1.5" x
5 5/8" long (almost 6inches long).
This is ideal for Duck or
Goose Calls and knife handles or scales as you see fit. It cuts easily and polishes to a high
shine. This is a rare and high quality
material that is very hard but easy to form and work with.
You will not be
disappointed. We're here to assist you
with your Game calls or knife making hobby or profession.
We can custom cut to any
desired thickness, width and length; inquires are welcome.
Your satisfaction is
We offer a complete refund
if you are not 100% satisfied.
Micarta And Its Many Myths
What is micarta? The actual
word and definition has become diluted through the decades since its invention
in and around 1911 by Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Micarta was actually produced as an
industrial laminate for electrical insulation.
Soon afterwards it was started to be used as a decorative laminate and
thus Formica was born. Both products
were marketed under the trade name 'micarta'.
As such, it became used generically.
Micarta today has been used by any laminated composite material
including glass epoxy otherwise known as G10.
Westinghouse produced what
is called 'antique ivory', better known as a grade FR-2 laminate. This was comprised of paper sheets which were
soaked in epoxy resin and then baked and pressed into huge sheets. The color was incidental as it was an
industrial product. Color was really
never a goal of any industrial laminate.
In fact, the color from run to run varied greatly. The purpose of the FT-2 was to be an
electrical insulator with different characteristics than the much more common
paper grades which were manufactured with phenolic resins.
As for the asbestos
laminates we hear so much about, there were actually two grades. We believe neither of these two grades have
been produced in the USA
since the mid 1960's or so. They were
indeed manufactured in Europe during the
1970's. This material was for industrial
use as an electrical insulator as well.
This material is extremely dangerous as it is asbestos based. Fortunately, little remains today.
The Westinghouse micarta
division was eventually sold to International Paper (IP) in 1995 and was run for
several years. They manufactured these
micarta laminates for decorative purposes while based in South Carolina. Eventually IP sold the facility and it was
subsequently sold again. It was
eventually liquidated and sold off around 2004 or thereabouts.