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    School me on elephant tooth grips, please.

    Hi folks,
    I was looking at a ivory grips recently and noticed they were various shades of white. They ran from a snow white to a light beige, and some had varying shades on the same grip panel. What's the story? I figured all elephant tooth was snow white, but it doesn't seem to be the case. Are some colors "better" or is it a matter of taste?
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    Bone and ivory darken, yellow, with exposure to light and oils. Usually white when cut and polished. I aged two pair of tooth grips for a matched set of SAAs. Stark white when I got them with very little figure. Clear mineral oil rubbed in daily and left in indirect sunlight for a few weeks. Figure came out, they took on a mellow hue and looked like different grips. Well worth the effort.
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    Don’t forget while a tooth is in an animal it’s alive.
    Removed from that animal it no longer receives nutrient and it will discolor as it slowly dies.

    Outer surface texture retained on grip material is known as bark, and has quite a bit of character.

    It is a matter of preference how white you like your grips, but in time they will mellow and darken.
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    Depends on what you like, I guess. Personally, I like mine with some figure/color in them.
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    All ivory has visible grain, some is just more obvious than others. There is a lot of variation, even in the same tusk. These first two sets came from the same tusk.












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    It also has to do with diet. Forrest Elephants have a different color ivory than plains Elephants. Generally age and environment most affect the color once it's cut and worked.
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    Thank you, gents. I appreciate the replies!
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    Color and bark checks.


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