Custom Knife: Stainless Steel Blade, Brass Hand Guard, Antler, Scrimshaw Art of Large Mouth Bass

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 07-28-2009 05:25 PM 4908 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This knife was a commissioned piece, so it has been ”SOLD

If you would like something similar made for you, please email me.

Also, I often have knives for sale in my Shop, Click here to see what is currently available

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To learn more about Scrimshaw, Click here to see my Blog Article

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> Blade: 6A Stainless Steel, 4-1/8” long blade, 1” wide, and 1/8” thick.
> Blade Guard: Yellow Brass, hand shaped from solid bar stock
> Handle: Kansas Shed Elk Antler
> Inlay: Pre-Ban Elephant Ivory
> Scrimshaw Art: Large Mouth Bass, original artwork by M. DeCou

Project Story:

This knife was ordered as a gift for a friend of the customer. The friend loves to fish in Oklahoma, and Large Mouth Bass is his favorite fish to hunt. The scrimshaw artwork on this knife is my own original art, and has been scratched with a knife point and round pointed scribe tool. The scrimshaw has been done on a piece of pre-ban Elephant Tusk Ivory that was inlayed in the end of the handle. I also made a custom leather sheath for this knife to be carried on a waist belt.

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

Custom Knife Sample Slide Show (click the Speaker icon for music)

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

Damascus Steel Hunting Knives:
  1. Large Damascus Steel Blade Custom Knife with Antler, Turquoise and Brass
  2. Custom Hunting Knife with Elk Shed Antler Handle, Ivory, Scrimshaw, and Hand-forged Damascus Blade
  3. Custom Knife with Damascus Steel Blade & Whitetail Deer Shed Antler
  4. Custom Art Knives, set of three with Damascus Steel Blades and Scrimshaw artwork
Custom Steak Knife Sets:
  1. Shed Elk Antler Handled Steak Knives with Stainless Damascus Blades; Natural Edge Walnut Display Box
  2. Deer Shed Antler Handled Steak Knives; Scrimshaw, Ivory, Turquoise, & Stainless Steel Damascus
Folding Knives:
  1. Custom Folding Knife with Zebra Wood, Abalone, and Scrimshaw Ready
  2. Custom Folding Knife: Elk Antler Handle, Turquoise Stone, Abalone, Natutical 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

Still Want to See more of my work?

Start with each of these links, and they will take you to other organized lists of my other niche products:

  1. Custom Art-Furniture Pieces
  2. Custom Walking Canes and Walking Sticks
  3. Artisan Hat Making Tools

(Note: All photos, project design, artwork, and text is protected by copyright 2009 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.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 05:32 PM

WOW! Very nice piece! Great craftsmanship and a usable piece too.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 05:32 PM

Another beautiful piece of art!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 07:35 PM

true art…really amazing…have not seen you “on” in a while…looks great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 07:40 PM

Great show Marc. Glad to see your face again. m

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 07:54 PM

thanks guys, I’m just about finished with two Maloof-style rockers, which has kept me busy all this summer without much time for anything else. I’m waiting on a coat of finish to dry on the last rocker this morning, so I ran in to post some projects I hadn’t uploaded before. Next on the list is a walnut gun stock I’m carving with a Wild Turkey scene. I’m so thankful that I’m still finding work to stay busy with.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 07-28-2009 11:36 PM

Beautiful looking knife Mark! Your scrimshaw looks great! Thanks for posting.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 07-29-2009 05:41 AM

What a nice looking knife that is. Your client has to be very happy with that one. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 05:52 AM

Its a beaut!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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