The premium grip material over the last century has been ivory. The gunslingers knew ivory grips would not slide through a sweaty palm and so wouldnít be their downfall. Genuine ivory shows a grain pattern and will gain a golden patina that will only get more beautiful when handled. I try to keep several pairs of genuine 1911 ivory grips in stock. But, if that isnít your gun, other models can be special ordered. Donít want real ivory? Todayís alternative is a synthetic ivory like material. The color mimics genuine ivory for about 1/10th the cost. I will soon be expanding my offering of synthetic grips to include Ruger, Charter Arms, and Walthers to name a few.