Apologies up front for the stream of consciousness thread. Trying to think through tacking problems I may encounter when dealing with bone grips. So I got over my apprehension over buying and maintaining a set of bone grips and picked up a set of giraffe bone from nutmeg sports. The intention is to use them on an heirloom/presentation 1911 build that I'm currently collection parts for. At worst, I might have to modify the grips slightly to fit flush with the bottom of the fame/magwell, and maybe alter the radius around the mag release. I've messed with G10 with decent results, but have ever worked with bone before. Seems like bone would be more brittle so in the event that I have make small modifications, is it something I can do myself or is it better to leave it to someone with more experience? I've seen some pictures of wood grips (Challis maybe?) that appear to have a thin rubber or polymer backing. Am I seeing things correctly? Could adding this kind of backing help to extend the life of the grips or prevent cracking? Would adding a backing make soaking the bone in oil more problematic? I'm also considering having medallions added. When soaking the grips in oil during maintenance, will having medallions cause any issues?