Ancient history meets modern technology
Raffir Fossils are genuine mammoth fossils. They date all the way back to the last ice age (10,000-40,000 BP). Needless to say, this rare material is in itself very special. For that reason it also makes unique products even more special. Occasionally, tusks, molars and bones are found from these iconic mammoths. Therefore we have developed a unique preservation treatment for each of these. All of the treatments stabilize the fossils with vacuum, high pressure and strong resins. Meanwhile, the resins we use differ depending on the material. Nonetheless, they all result in a stronger material that is useful for a wide array of luxury products. Raffir Fossils are most commonly used for fine handles. We also recommend them for jewelry, inlays, accessories and other precious objects.
Material properties and processing
The fossils are not yet petrified. However they do contain natural minerals and are harder to work than non-fossil material. Raffir Mammoth Ivory is the softest of the three. We recommend that you process it with normal tools for bone and horn. Our Raffir Mammoth Bone is harder than the ivory. Yet, it is still processed with the same equipment. Finally, Raffir Mammoth Molar is the hardest of the three because of its enamel layers. We recommend diamond tools for this. Alternatively, use tools for hard steel at low process speed if diamond tools are not available. We also recommend saturating the surface of all Raffir Fossils with cyanoacrylics (Super Glue) after grinding followed by additional fine sanding and polishing for a smother and stronger result.
The dimensions of our stabilized fossils depend a lot on the input material. Obviously, the raw fossils all have different dimensions. Thus the sizes are limited to smaller objects. Our standard handle blocks are 4.75"x1.5"x1". We also cut scales pairs of 4.75"x1.5"x1/4". Meanwhile, most of the material comes in non-standard dimensions. So check our retailers for their current availability. Otherwise please Contact us for special requirements.