We use only the finest hand selected North American Elk. It is desired for its consistent pattern, creamy white interior ability to be cut into comparatively flat pieces. Elk is extremely difficult to cut without pith so we cut less than 10% of the Elk that we procure. This ensures that our overall selection of Elk is second to none. You can view side pictures of all of our Elk and see the amount of pith that is present. Many times we are able to cut Elk in large enough sizes to be finished into gun grips. This is particularly true of 1911 models. If you need a custom size cut, please let us know and we'll do our best to cut them for you with minimum flatness and minimal pith.