Custom Knife: Stainless Blade, Nickel-Silver Guard, Brazilian Walnut, Alligator, Malachite, Coral

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 07-28-2009 07:46 PM 4584 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This knife has been ”SOLD” (7-31-2009)


If this knife wasn’t quite right for you, let’s design something especially for you, just email me.

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

email: [email protected]


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Knife Specifications
Blade: 440-C Stainless Steel, full tang
Blade Size: 3-3/8” long by 1” wide, by 0.144” thick.
Knife Size: 8” overall length with handle.
Blade Guard: Nickel-Silver
Handle Rivets: Nickel-Silver, 1/4” dia.
Handle Wood: figured Brazilian Walnut (photos don’t show the figured wood well)
Handle Inlays: Composite Malachite and Synthetic Coral

Sheath Specifications:
Top Grained Cowhide tooling leather, stained dark brown
Inlay Leather is Alligator Skin
Brass Rivets and Snap
Waxed Synthetic Sinew stitching.

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Project Story:

I am often asked if I carry one of my own knives.

The short answer is, “no.”

I seem to always need to sell everything to pay bills, and so I don’t seem to hold onto things for long for my own use.

Recently, I was on a family trip to a funeral near Chicago and some of my relatives asked if I had a house full of my own furniture. I wish that was the case, but I’ve sold just about everything I’ve made except the pieces I built in High School, or items that were given as gifts.

So, to remedy this, I decided to build this knife and sheath to keep and use for my own needs.

But, with the economy being what it is, I’ve decided to list this knife for sale and try to raise some funds to pay a portion of the electric company’s bill, or to buy groceries, or to put gasoline in one of my vehicles.

This isn’t a hobby job for me, as everything I sell must pay our family bills, and things have gotten tighter than normal this year. Secretary Bernake promises that next year will be better, so I’m waiting to see.

I don’t yet have this knife listed at my Etsy Shop
so if you are interested in it, please send me an email if you’d like to see more photos, or pricing information.

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, 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 08:09 PM

Beautiful knife Marc, I could see where you’d like to keep it, it is very cool, and one of a kind. By the way those caribou antlers came from Alberta, I believe he told me. GB. m

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

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 08:27 PM

Great looking knife. I hope it sell fast for you.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 09:15 PM

Very nice Mark!
I like your slideshow setup, it looks user friendly. I might try it sometime.

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

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#4 posted 07-29-2009 04:26 AM

Very nice handle.

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

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#5 posted 07-29-2009 05:36 AM

Very nice knife! Well done.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 07-30-2009 05:01 AM

Hi Mark

Another beautiful knife as always! Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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