Dinosaur bone is an extremely rare material which is used in knife production to make premium handle scales in very small batches.
Dinosaurs lived in the Mesozoic period from the late Triassic, approximately 235 million years ago, to the Tertiary Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago. During this period, the earth was dominated by enormous tetrapods, whose name comes from the Greek words deinós ("terrible", "mighty") and sauros ("lizard"). Due to the large number and wide variety of dinosaur species, it is basically impossible to make general assumptions about their size and body type. Experts estimate that there were several thousand different dinosaur species. They were herbivores, carnivores, quadrupeds or bipeds. Some species had horns, bone plates, scutes or even sails – others did not. Not all dinosaurs were giants. Some of them only reached the approximate height of a human. As a group, however, dinosaurs were extremely large. The largest dinosaur species ever confirmed by skeleton discoveries was the brachiosaurus. On average, this species was 23 meters long and 12 meters tall with a weight of 23 to 50 tons.
Dinosaur remains have been found on all continents, which does not give us any insights about the habitats of these giant lizards, since the landmass was arranged differently when they roamed the earth. Knife handle scales made from dinosaur bone have been very rare to date. Most recently, Boker was able to get material for more than a thousand handle scales from the femur of a brontosaurus. This carnivorous dinosaur was about five meters tall and 22 meters long. It weighed between 15 and 20 tons and lived approximately 150 million years ago. Mineral deposits change the color and texture of the bone, which means that each handle made from this material is a unique one-of-a-kind piece.
Dinosaur bones found in Germany are generally not available for processing, because they are protected as archaeological artefacts. Boker used a brontosaur femur bone, approximately 2.5 meters in length, which had been found in Utah in the 1950s.