Custom Folding Knife: Elk Antler Handle, Turquoise Stone, Abalone, Natutical Scrimshaw Artwork

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 09-25-2008 04:59 PM 19706 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This knife was a commissioned piece to be given to the Best-Man for his part in a wedding in California this weekend, and so it has been ”SOLD

If you are surfing for a custom folding knife, visit this link to see one that is ready for shipment.

for more information, please email me:

email: [email protected]

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Project Story:

This posting is a custom made folding knife, with spring locking mechanism. The blade is a satin finished stainless steel with a quick opening thumb point.

The handles were made from some trophy sized elk shed antlers, and I inlayed a polished turquoise stone cabachon, abalone shell, and a piece of synthetic ivory.

The Scrimshaw artwork is a Nautical Theme, with a mystical fish and anchor and antique copper deep sea diving helment.

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What is ”Scrimshaw” you say?
Go to this blog, for a thorough discussion and examples of my past work:

A Scrimshaw Art Journey


If you like knives, here are some other LJ project postings of knives I have built:

Damascus Steel Hunting Knives:
  1. Elk Antler with Turquoise Nugget Custom Knife
  2. Sitka Deer Antler & Turquoise Nugget Custom Knife
  3. Large Damascus Steel Blade Custom Knife with Antler, Turquoise and Brass
  4. Custom Hunting Knife with Elk Shed Antler Handle, Ivory, Scrimshaw, and Hand-forged Damascus Blade
  5. Custom Knife with Damascus Steel Blade & Whitetail Deer Shed Antler
  6. Custom Art Knives, set of three with Damascus Steel Blades and Scrimshaw artwork
Damascus Stainless Steak Knife Sets:
  1. Elk Antler & Fossilized Walrus Six (6) Piece Steak Knife set in a box
  2. Elk Antler & Scrimshaw Steak Knives for the Gold Bar Dining Room in Las Vegas
  3. Deer Crown Antler Steak Knife Set and Box with Turquoise Inlay
Folding Knives:
  1. Custom Folding Knife with Zebra Wood, Abalone, and Scrimshaw Ready
  2. Custom Folding Knife: Elk Antler Handle, Turquoise Stone, Abalone, Nautical Scrimshaw Artwork
  3. Custom Folding Knife with Elk Naturally Shed Antler Handle
Stainless Steel Hunting Knives:
  1. Commemorative Bowie Knife with Whitetail Deer Shed Antler Handle for a Retiring Navy Seal Veteran
  2. A Young Soldier's Commemorative Hunting Knife, with Elk Antler Handle and Scrimshaw Artwork
  3. Custom Hunting Knife with Elk Naturally Shed Antler Handle
  4. Custom Deep Cut Skinner Hunting Knife with Elk Naturally Shed Antler Handle
  5. Skinning Knife, with Gut Hook, Elk Natural Shed Antler Handle
  6. Custom Knife; Frontier Bowie with Elk Naturally Shed Antler Handle

Here is my website page with knives:
Mark DeCou Studio Knife Page Website

(Note: All photos, project design, and text is protected by copyright 2007-2012 by the author M.A. DeCou, all rights reserved, no unauthorized use of this material in whole, or part is allowed without expressed written permission.)

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 09-25-2008 05:32 PM

Good job Mark, thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 09-25-2008 06:04 PM

Very nice piece, one I would be proud to own.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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Roger Strautman

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#3 posted 09-25-2008 07:13 PM

NICE knife!! I like the scrim details.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 09-25-2008 07:16 PM

keep it up and I’m going to have to give this whole scrimshaw thing a try!

nice work.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 09-25-2008 07:28 PM

A great looking creation.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 09-26-2008 01:56 AM

Great looking Mark. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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