Just about any type of material can and has been used in the manufacturing of knives. To try and make a comprehensive list would not only be impractacal but impossible. Below are the most common materials used in the production of sailing knives in the the last 100 or so years. As with all natural and man made materials, the quality and abilities may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

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Aluminum/Alox: primary use -- liners, scales.
Acrylic: primary use -- scales.
Bakelite: primary use -- scales.
Bone: primary use -- scales.
Brass,: primary use -- liners, pins, bolsters.
Celluloid: primary use -- scales.
Delrin®: primary use -- scales.
G10: primary use -- scales.
Glass-Reinforced Plastic: primary use -- scales.
Micarta: primary use -- scales.
Pakkawood: primary use -- scales.
Stag: primary use -- scales.
Steel : primary use -- liners, pins, blades, bolsters.
Wood: primary use -- scales.
Zytel: primary use -- sheaths/scales.