These beads are 3-D printed plastic and can be any color, texture or shape you want by Chroma Scales. You could customize any sort of knife scales/handle you want. This is the beginning of the future.
Several years ago I saw a demonstration of 3-D metal printing. Essentially it was a computer-controlled arc welding system that would deposit a spot of metal and build up a 3-D component. This has evolved into printing metal engineering components and prototypes using high purity metals and laser beams. Lincoln Electric is using this technology as is 6K Inc. Many companies now offer this service.
The Knife Edge is KNIFE Staff Correspondent Frank Karl’s personal knife blog.