In all our 40-plus years of collecting, sharing and operating our Boone Trading Company showroom, we have been blessed with some of the most remarkable customers and their testimonials mean the world to us.
As our owner and founder David Boone says, "As a shopper I really appreciate seeing testimonials, it gives me a sense of connection with those who have already shopped and the company. So here are a few for your viewing pleasure. You wouldn’t know it from these testimonials but we do make mistakes (don’t tell our customers) but when we do, we fix it. Life is to short to be creating unhappiness and people are more important than money. We love all of our customers even the ones that have discovered a problem for us to solve, after all, we have a lot in common and we like the same stuff."
- David Boone.
Here's a list of some of their kind words over the years.
Wow, I’m an extremely happy customer! You were polite and very helpful over the phone when I ordered my simulated ivory grips, aged and with Ruger medallions. The grips I received are exactly as ordered, fit my Ruger 44 special new model flattop blackhawk extremely well, and have the look and feel of a quality product very close in appearance to the real thing. They are far superior to the look and feel of the “plastic -type” fake ivory grips many others offer. The slightly aged appearance and black on silver medallions really compliment the blued new model flattop. Thanks! J. Mantooth-Tennessee
I just wanted to drop you a note about your simulated ivory grips. I ordered a set for my 1911 officer model, and I ordered them aged as well. I received them today, and all I can say is, wow. These grips have the feel of real ivory, and I was very surprised at how heavy they are. They don't have the look, feel, or anything else that screams 'simulated'. And, they look great on the gun, they feel great and I think the aging really sets off the look. Thanks, Ken Davis
Today via USPS I received the replacement grips and immediately put them on my Mustang! The fit is great and I am very pleased with them and they look very good. I want to thank you for your attention to this matter and making the correction for me. I was also very surprised by the envelope that was wrapped around the grips containing $$, thank you for the thoughtfulness! My Mustang now pretty well matches my Defender, both having the Ivory grips! I will always recommend Boone Trading Company to anyone who is interested in purchasing Ivory grips and also let them know that you are fine people to do business with. Thank you ever so much again. I remain, Sincerely, Roger A. Wallace
Hello. I just wanted to thank you again for working with me on that little piece of antique ivory I needed for the mini masonic working tool set. It is EXACTLY what I need. It means a lot to me. I know you deal with quite larger and more expensive orders but you treated me like I was one of those customers as well. That was very professional and if I ever need anything which you sell in your catalog of items, I won't look anywhere else. Your store is my first stop. When finished, provided I don't mess up my little project, I will send a pic of the finished work. Again, I thank you for your help. Mike B.
Grips arrived today. Thank you!!! They were well packaged and look just awesome. They also fit perfect. Thanks for a great experience. Very pleased. David
Wow,these came out fantastic....I'll send some pics of the grips installed if you like.please do add me to the list for the pricing on the john Wayne grips. I am very interested in owning a set of those.thanks again,I've sent your information to several of my freinds that own 1911 pistols.thanks again.you guys really went above and beyond and deliver on the quality and customer service.thanks Can't wait to hear about the john Wayne grips - Jacob I. Seattle
I wanted to send you a testimonial of how much I enjoyed working with your simulated ivory grips that you sent me. At first I thought it was going to be difficult but after completing the project and installing the grips to my 45 caliber Colt 4.75 inch Denix replica revolvers I had so much fun I ordered a second pair of simulated ivory grips to install on a pair of Colt 5.5 inch Denix replicas as well. I have included two photos of my projects where I made plaques to commemorate the Lone Ranger of the 1950's television series. The original wood grips on the Denix revolvers were removed and replaced with one piece simulated ivory grips that you sent me. I really enjoyed working on this project. I wanted to add these photos to your Facebook page but was not able to add photos so instead I am sending you an email. Perhaps you can add my testimonial to your website. Regards, George Trenton
Hello from Florida! Just received your package. I love everything. Thank you for picking out a really nice assortment of the ivory - and also for parting with your strand of ostrich shell beads - I absolutely love them! Fran T.-Sarasota FL
David, I received my narwhal tusk cross section today, just as you said I would! I'm writing to let you know that I'm very happy with my order- the piece looks great and the polish/broken edges are superb. I really appreciate all of your help and the background info you provided to me on the phone. If I'm ever up in your neck of the woods, I will absolutely swing by your shop. Shawn S.
Hello, I wanted to let you know how impressed I was when I opened the box that my grips came in.After mounting them on my pistol these grip panels sure make my Wilson Combat blued professional look beautiful. I was also taken back by the grips screws that I had purchased . Once again I wanted to say THANK YOU! - Steve M.
I would like to give you a huge thank you! I ordered a pair of the Copper & Mammoth Ivory earrings for my girlfriend, and she absolutely loves them. She has gotten many compliments and questions on them since they are so unusual and unique. On the same order, I had purchased for myself a stretchy bracelet made of 6mm Mammoth Ivory Beads with an 8mm blue ivory bead center. I love how it came out and could not be happier. Thanks again for making a pair of very happy customers! Nicholas A.
I just wanted to let you know I received my elephant ivory grips for my Colt Government 1911 and they exceeded my expectations! I viewed them on your web site, placed my order on a Friday and had the delivered on the following Wednesday. They fit perfect and look beautiful! I plan on ordering from you again in the near future. Great company, beautiful product and extremely fast service! Thanks! - Mike G. Fenton, MO
David - NO ONE OFFERS THE OUTSTANDING QUALITY OF IVORY THAT YOU DO!! - not even close! The grips amongst the best I've seen and I couldn't be more pleased. This is the second pair I've gotten from you and look forward to a third. Thanks. NDL
Just to advise the package arrived today, all present and accounted for. Thank you, I'm extremely happy with both pairs of grips, fantastic. Look forward to meeting you and the Boone crew in a few months. Cheers, Paul N. - Queensland, Australia
Last week I ordered a pair of 1911 grips in simulated antique ivory. I could not be more pleased with the service and quality. The grips are beautiful, exceeding my expectations. I installed them on my Sig Sauer black 1911, the fit is perfect and the end result is very appealing. I also installed a set of your decorative grip panel screws, also very nice. The service was terrific and on time, something becoming regrettably rare these days. I attached a picture of the gun. I plan to buy a set of grips in mammoth ivory ( hopefully soon ) and this was a trial run for your company. I am happy to report you passed with flying colors. I will be buying grips, other products ,and recommending you in the future. Thank you... Bill Thompson - Amarillo, Texas
I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank the folks at Boone Trading Company for their prompt & courteous service during my purchase of two pair of grips last month. I had a problem with the 1st pair of grips and sent them back with an attached letter explaining the problem. The problem was corrected immediately and I received my two pair of grips in the mail soon after. I wanted to send a copy of that letter as well as an actual pic of your grips attached to my pistols. Thank you for taking care of my needs. Roy Edmonds - N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
I recently purchased some ivory grips for my pistol. The grips fit perfect and the are beautiful. I did some engraving on the grips and they look like they were made for the gun! Thanks again! I just had to let you know I am super impressed with the quality from the shipping to the quality of the grips. I could not be more happy with your company and will certainly promote your business when ever I hear of someone looking for ivory products. Than you for your professionalism and constant communication throughout this transaction. And I forgot to mention they fit perfect like the factory if not better. We will definitely do business again. Again thank you. Jeremy L.- NJ
"I got a package today with the most beautiful ivory grips with Colt medallion for my Colt 1911. They look exquisite on my firearm and just the way ivory should look. Shipment took less than a week, too. Highly pleased. Thanks." Floyd M.- Colorado
"I'm writing this as a true testimonial to your craft. I received my Mammoth bark 1911 grips today (5 days after my order with a weekend involved) and all I have to say is WOW! They are beautiful. Crafted to fit my Kimber like they were grown on it. I'm incredibly impressed. Thank you so much for your quality and business ethics. I will definitely be a returning customer" - Nicholas M.
Just a quick note to let you know I got the grips on Saturday. They are GREAT and look even better than in the photos. Thank you so much for the great customer service. Barry Johnson, Summerville, S.C.
"I received this morning my grips, they are really beautiful, the quality of finish is impeccable, they have the appearance of ivory in all respects, color, weight, grip, it's really a superb product, congratulations for your work and thank you, I hope to have the opportunity to order from you again." Andre M- Paris, France
"Thank you so very much! Everything arrived in perfect shape last night. The grips are even more beautiful in hand. I really like the way Jimmy left them both a little fuller (Thickness Wise) as I have rather large hands. They look and feel GREAT!!! Ya'll have a Blessed Day." Jim S.-Texas
"Excellent product, top shelf service...every detail exceeds my greatest expectation. I got two beautiful sets of ivory grips for what should have been the price for one. I've got an old Ruger Vaquero that deserves a set of grips like these. I will definitely be in touch!" With highest regards. Hilton E. North Carolina
"All I got to say is wow, I got my mammoth ivory grips today, they are absolutely gorgeous, I'm grinning from ear to ear like a kid in a candy store, they look beautiful on my gun. You will definitely be getting more business from down my way." Ed S. - Arkansas
"We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to you for the ivory samples. Joshua was thrilled to receive such a wide variety of samples and he enjoyed doing additional research. At a recent family event, he was excited to show the samples and share what he had learned. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered and is truly appreciated." Thank you the Buchiere Family
Hello! “I received the mammoth ivory and it’s already on the gunstock. Many thanks for getting it out so fast!!! It was just what I needed! I will be needing more soon. Also I will send photos when finished.” Thanks again!!! Stu—Simmons Swords
"Absolutely beautiful and have exceeded my expectations entirely. Thank you again for catering to my requests. I anticipate future business with your company." Best Regards -Noah D.
"I RECEIVED MY REPLACEMENT GRIPS FOR MY THREE SCREW BLACKHAWK AND THEY ARE EXCELLENT ALL AROUND. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST." THANK YOU, JUAN J. ROBLES
Folks, "I spoke to an extremely pleased Mrs K. last night. The anniversary gift showed up on time and was very well received. You have a new, satisfied customer." My thanks to all, Mr. K.
"Just to let you know that I received the Python grips I ordered five days ago. It took only four days from Washington to Puerto Rico via USPS. That in itself is a record. The Colt Python C-PYOS are a perfect fit for my Tanaka Python clone. All I had to do was bolt them. Not adjustment. The quality and workmanship is superb. You folks do excellent work and your prices make any purchase a good investment. You have gained a satisfied customer and will be making another purchase soon. Take Care/God Bless!!!" Roderick - Puerto Rico
"The mammoth earrings arrived and are beautiful, I am thrilled." Katharine E.-California
"The mammoth ivory arrived here in 5 days which was really pleasing. It was quite a thrill opening a 5 lb box of ivory! Thank you so much for your great service and friendly demeanor, it's wonderful to encounter attitudes like that." Warmest best wishes, Gary W. Australia
"I am very pleased with your last order of mammoth ivory for my hobby. I'll be ordering more mammoth from you in the future. " Thank you, B. Hansen - NJ
"Thank you for restoring my faith in buying on the internet and human nature. The bracelet arrived safe and sound, as well as quickly. The description was spot on and my wife loves the gift. I look forward to doing busies with you again." Regards, Tony M., Queensland, Australia
"I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the excellent work you did on my ivory grips! The grips fit flawlessly. Thank you for taking the time to make them PERFECT" - Nathan J
"Got the Browning Hi Power Sea Cow rib bone grips. Tell Jimmy he did a great job and the color is exactly what the gun needed, a lighter color would not have done it. I'm going to have to unload it, put a trigger lock on it, and keep it out where guests can see it." Thanks again, Rick-Illinois
"I attached a couple shots of the M1917 on which your grips now reside. I think they look damn good. Thanks again for the great customer service, and you can be sure I'll be back shortly for some Ruger Vaquero grips." RJ
"I got the 6mm ivory beads today, gorgeous!!! I will come back to you guys again!!" Thanks, Denny
"Thank you for coming up with a solution that doesn't compromise the beauty of the outside grain. The pistol in the photo has your ivory grips. It has been exposed to hand oils, and gun powder. These chemical agents combined with the magic effects of sunshine bring out the grain. It is this gradual aging/blooming effect, ivory is regarded for. Like a truly fine woman, it should be shown with pride, and always appreciated. The presentation ivory you picked out for my officers model 1911 are just beautiful and getting more so every day. Once again, thanks to you and Jimmy for addressing this problem for me." Best Regards, Mike
"I found you thru a search of exotic wood grips, that did not work as I planned. Your offering of ivory grips impressed me and after I visited with Mariann, I was pleased with our conversation and I sensed a trust with her (give her my thanks). I volunteer to serve as an unofficial spokesperson supporting your products. Vendors are a dime a dozen and six bits a gross, but sometime you just know! I prefer to visit in person when I invest what I consider a siginificant price for a product, but sometimes we cannot. This started out as a $100 concept price for exotic wood grips, stuff happens. God and the US Navy has been good to me, so I am able to sit in the good seats when I want to, and this time I choose to set in the front row! I look forward to receiving and installing my 1911 grips. May the spirits and Gods continue to bless you... Warmest Regards." Gary P., native born Texan
"I called an ordered some grips for a Super Blackhawk on Monday and to my surprise I came home today and they are already here, they look fantastic and fit perfect, I just wanted to say thanks a lot folks." Vern
"I received both sets of ivory grips today via Fed-Ex. I have to say that I am very impressed. I've owned several sets of ivory grips for 1911s over the years but these stand above the rest in quality, fit and uniform coloration. As a police chief, I carry a pistol daily and I will be happy to display these beauties on my 1911s. My father in law is a retired 5 term sheriff and he's impressed as well. That says a lot since he carried a 1911 of various types for 43 total years in law enforcement (and he owns several sets of ivory grips as well). I really like the bark ivory. It's a tough choice now in deciding which pistol to carry. I'm glad I bought both types." Thanks again and take care, Kraig H.-Texas
Hi, this is Kraig again. " I purchased 2 sets of ivory grips from you last week - presentation and bark ivory - for my 1911s. Was wondering if set #15 on your site is available. #16 looks good too. That #9 set was just awesome. I love the bark too but think I want #15 if they're available. I'll let you choose, as you can actually hold them in your hands. You're my go-to man from now on for ivory grips. People who've seen these that I have were impressed to say the least. Thanks!" Kraig - Corsicana, TX
"I have received the grips and they are very pretty. I can't wait to put them on my 45 colt at home. Please send me an email of a pair of grips that I can have my initials put on, I really want another pair." Police Chief Garcia-Texas
"I just wanted to say I love the merchandise, love the service and love all of you, I love everything about your company!" Paul B-Alaska
"Thank you for the graduated mammoth ivory necklace I purchased last week. It is a beautiful piece, and the quality is easily apparent." Mike B.
Please do let me know if you get any more Elephant tusk tips. With Much Gratitude and Admiration." Mike - Florida
I got the 1911 Ivory Grips today..They look and fit great. Just wanted to say Thank You Sir." Rick Gates - Ohio
"Schofield Top Break Ivory Grips - STUNNING! not sure what else to say! Incredibly intricate and immacualte, THANK You! Great work!" Bruce Tunnicliff
" I just received the presentation ivory 1911 grips with the scrimshawed First Infantry Division insignia. They are perfect! Many thanks for your recommendations. When I get the weapon, I’ll photograph the finished product and send you a copy. My old lieutenant will be overwhelmed, I’m sure." Mike C.
"Just received the grips today and installed them on my custom 45 pistol. Wanted to let you know they are beautiful looking and the craftmanship is excellent! I would recommend you anytime to others, thanks." Lewd
"I just received the 8 mm and 5 mm mammoth ivory beads. They are gorgeous! The light 8 mm beads exactly match the ivory carvings I plan to build my necklace around, and the dark 5 mm beads are the perfect contrast and have beautiful striations. Not too dark but just right!" Anita - Los Angeles, CA.
"I ordered bone grips for my Colt Officers Model and received them this morning, they are absolutely gorgeous. I want to thank you once again for all your help and I want you to know that anytime anyone needs something special Boone Trading Company will be the first words out of my mouth! Hopefully I will talk to you soon." Mark Tukarski
"I bought some ivory grips for my Kimber Super Match I just wanted to tell you they fit perfectly and I am really happy with them. I had some real apprehension about getting the right ones for this gun, thanks for getting it right the first time." Glen Simon
"Just got the 1911 ivory grips for my Kimber. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are beautiful. Thank you!" Chris Ross
"I ordered a set of ivory grips yesterday to go with the ones my wife got me for Christmas. The grips you made for me are fantastic, and I am looking forward to the arrival of the next pair. Thanks again." Buz
"WOW!!! I love the two pieces you picked out for me. They are absolutely beautiful. And thank you for polishing them so nicely. Really, really lovely. I'm sure that my purchase is very tiny for a store of your caliber but I'm also sure that I am your biggest fan!! Thank you for choosing two really beautiful pieces for me." Elizabeth C. - CA.
“You were right, I love the grips and would like to order two more pairs this time for my Ruger New Vaqueros, I would like these aged too.” John H. Bisbey - AZ.
“The scrimshawed ivory grips are beautiful, thank you so much for your help in creating an heirloom for my son.” Barry Manchester - MO.
“My husband was thrilled on Christmas day when he saw the narwhal tusk standing next to the tree, he could not believe I found one for him. It has been a life long dream that he would own one some day. He said it was the greatest gift he’s ever received (besides me of course). Thanks again.” Joyce - Carlsbad, CA.
“The tusk has arrived! It is everything you claimed it would be. I'm a happy camper. Thank you again.” Allan K. - NH.
“Thanks for your wonderful service. I have done business with you in the past and I will continue to in the future.” G. Vayo
“Please send two more 10mm ivory necklaces, 21” long , my wife loves hers and I have two daughters with birthdays coming. I like that your products are not at the mall or Wal-mart, your company is my secret treasure chest.” J.C.
“So nice to be able to get hand made American products made from such rare and unique materials in these days of mass produced, machine made synthetic imports.” Betty G.
“I really want to thank you, and let you know that I appreciate all that you and the artist have done to make this gift special for my son Brian. His training has taken more than 18 months and it's extremely difficult at times. A gift like this to commemorate his achievement, allows for him to accept a lot of the aches and pains he had to endure throughout. I know my son will be surprised and will have these grips for the rest of his life. I'll send you a photo of the grips on the weapon when I get a chance. Again, thank you and please pass on my thanks to the artist. If anyone has an idea of doing something like this, I will refer them to your business.” Joe P. - Troy IL.
“The box with the ivory grips arrived today and I just wanted to say thank you very much for the excellent, excellent work. The Vaquero’s you made for me are outstanding quality and I could not be happier with the ivory birds head grips made by your competitor that you reshaped. Who ever did the job of reshaping those is an outstanding craftsman and they are more than I expected. Thank you very much and you will come with my highest recommendation.” Jack R. - Decatur, AL.
“First of all, the grips are just beautiful! Klay got tears in his eyes when he opened the box... a very big deal for him! He had the grips put onto his gun the next day and has hardly taken it off his hip since! If you're interested, I'm happy to email you a picture of gun/grips, it's really beautiful. Thank you, thank you! I will certainly keep your information for future orders!” Debbie B.
“Received my knife back today. As always you are to be commended on your impeccable workmanship, service, and pricing. Thank you so very much.” Gary V.
“Order received, both the bonded ivory and elephant ivory grips look great. Thanks.” Ryan Z.
“I want to let you know that I received my ivory grips several weeks ago and they arrived just as expected. I was quite pleased and entirely satisfied. Thank you for your work.” Glen F. - Gilbert AZ.
“Received the grips, they are just perfect, they changed the whole look of the gun.” Bob L.
"Regarding the 4 pairs of presentation ivory grips I ordered, I’ve got 4 words to say to you (lengthy pause) thank you, very nice.” Patrick B. - St Louis MO.
"I have received my ordered grips for my Dan Wesson 1911-A1 pistol this afternoon. So far, only a few have seen and handled these treasures - and the consensus is that they are gorgeous! We are all just blown away by the appearance of these ivories - and by the antiquity that they represent. I’m also quite pleased with the certificate of authenticity that you made up for me. That certificate means a lot to establish the provenance for what will be a treasured heirloom. Thank you, very much, for a product that gives me great pleasure." Dick W - Vermont
"The grips I received from you are very beautiful. The quality of the ivory is certainly what I was looking for and the cutting and polishing terrific. The reaction at the range was highly positive. I wrote some nice things about you and the grips on 1911 forum.com that you can read at the following link:
Thanks for your efforts and I'll always be ready to vouch for and recommend your product, service and quality. It was a pleasure doing business with you." Norman
"I received the grips a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely love them! They look gorgeous on the Colt pistol that I put them on and they fit perfectly too. I will send you a photo later so you can see the results. The grip you made for the knife also look great and they really complement the pistol! I have a favorite Smith and Wesson round butt L-frame revolver and wonder if you can make a set of grips for it." Moises Ambrose "The presentation ivory grips came with my sons initials came and they are as expected....Excellent and thank you." Bob N. - PA.
"I received my grips this week, and all I can say is WOW!!! They are really beautiful." J. T.
"The pics don’t do much justice. I know we’re talking 1911 style which should all be the same, but the fit is absolutely perfect, and the grips are really awesome! I have a Ruger Vaquero I might want to set up with some type of ivory next." Steve H.
"My order arrived and I’m very impressed. Great quality, detailed instructions, etc. Can’t wait to order again! Not to mention learning a new skill, at 63 I need a few." Lew
"The Mammoth tusk arrived in great condition. You are Awesome, and the tusk is wonderful. Thank You and Everybody for everything, With Much Gratitude and Admiration." Mike W. - Deltona FL.
"I wanted to let you know how happy I am with the hippo tusk, and I appreciate your great service! I will be placing another order after the first of the year. I just have to decide what I want next."
JoAnn S. - Rushford MN.
"Wanted to let you know how pleased I am with my new Ivory Grips for my Colt 1903 or Colt 1908. The grain in the ivory is great. These grips are beautiful and exactly what I hoped for. Super craftsmanship!!! Your service was outstanding. When the first pair arrived, I was less than pleased. I called your company to voice my displeasure and had to leave a message. My phone call was returned and I was able to make my complaint known. After hearing my complaint, I was politely told to return the original grips and the problem would be rectified. As you can tell, I am very happy with your company. You took care of me and it is appreciated. I plan on putting pictures of these grips on the Colt Forum along with a short note mentioning the great service. I will also put the same story on my website. If I decide to get more ivory grips, I will be getting them from you. Thanks again for the fine service and great product." Randy Jones
"The grips I received from you are very beautiful. The quality of the ivory is certainly what I was looking for and the cutting and polishing terrific. The reaction at the range was highly positive. Thanks for your efforts and I'll always be ready to vouch for and recommend your product, service and quality. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I wrote some nice things about you and the grips on 1911 forum.com as follows-Norman
"I have been contemplating ivories for many years but never pulled the trigger. That all changed when the gut urge to have them outweighed the cost - and that happened just about seven months ago. There are many fine grip makers working in ivory for the 1911 - and the loyalty of forum members to their particular maker has been noted by me and surely deserved. I spoke with many of them and found all professional, polite and informative. But only one had the requisite patience and will to take the extra effort and time to ensure that I got that special 'presentation grade' of ivory I wanted. But which ivory to choose: elephant, mammoth, walrus, narwhal - all with their variations of grain, tone, coloration and bark. OK - I'm not going to bore you with all of the details, but I decided that for me elephant ivory with a soft pale buttery tone with fine, uniform and book matched grain - uniform through and through - was what I was looking for. I dealt with David Boone, the owner of the Boone Trading Company, and after many conversations I finally saw some scans of ivory that particularly appealed to me. Those were the panels that were chosen, the grips produced and delivered. The finished product was well worth the wait"-Norman via 1911 forum.
"I received my elephant ivory grips for my Colt 1911 along with the fancy screws. They are my first set of elephant ivory grips and are fantastic! My old Colt has never looked better and since I carry the pistol daily I get tons of compliments from other police officers. Thanks for your quick service and a great product. I’ll attach a photo so you can see how good they look on an older gun." Reece D., M.S. FBINA - Chief of Police Texas
"I just picked up my grips from the post office today. I was out of town last week. I AM IMPRESSED! I sent a picture to my son in law and he said he would be happy to borrow it from me. I told him he has to wait. Thank you so much!" D. Carr