Much like Native Americans individualized their riflestocks by embellishing them with copper and iron nails, Eagle Grips has provided firearm enthusiasts with the ability to put a personal touch on handguns since opening its doors in 1971.
Company founder Harbans Singh left India in 1958, journeying to the U.S. where he worked as a hydraulic engineer. It didn't take him long to discover the demand for ivory grips by American shooters. He knew his native country had vast quantities of ivory available, along with craftsmen trained in the centuries-old tradition to work it.
During return trips to India, Singh brought ivory grips back for friends. Soon his travel evolved into a full-time business. While ivory costs have skyrocketed, the company has expanded its line, while maintaining a tradition of offering high-quality grips at affordable prices.
Today, Eagle Grips, run by Harbans' son Raj, is best known for grips made from other materials, such as American elk, buffalo horn, ebony, mother of pearl, Sambar stag, rosewood and Ultra Ivory—synthetic material with texture and feel of real ivory.