Commemorative Bowie Knife with Whitetail Deer Shed Antler Handle for a Retiring Navy Seal Veteran

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 12-18-2006 10:37 PM 13196 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned knife, so it has been sold
If you would like a knife made on commission for you please email me at:

[email protected]

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Project Story:

I was asked to build a knife for a retiring Navy Seal by his admiring family. I used a big 440 stainless steel blade, a white tail deer antler for a handle, and diplayed it on a piece of figured walnut with another antler. The scrimshaw work I did is on a piece of legal elephant ivory that I bought from the David Warther Museum.

The artwork on the end of the handle is the Navy Seal Logo showing an eagle, flintlock pistol, and ship anchor with the phrase “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday,” which is a Navy Seal phrase. The inscription portion on the side of the handle is the text that was on the retirement ceremony program cover. I smudged the soldier’s name to project the identity of this vetern warrior for freedom and the American Way of life.

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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 -

5 comments so far

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pat sherman

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#1 posted 12-19-2006 12:46 AM

nice knife mark. you are a man of many talents.

-- pat,ohio...

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 12-20-2006 07:22 PM

Thanks Pat, I feel the same way about your work, except that you are a “Woman” of many talents.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 12-20-2006 07:34 PM

Your whole set of postings are great Mark! This project is what I really love about what we do! When we get the honor to create something that values the good people in our world. Something that will be treasured for generations!

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#4 posted 12-25-2006 09:27 PM

Being an Army Vet from the Vietnam era I can probably appreciate the effort put into that more than most. Whenever I see a person in uniform today I thank them. Thats a luxury I did’nt have when I was in. All I got was cussed at and fingered at airports. I was drafted I did’nt have a choice. But I did my job and never got a thanks for it. I thought that won’t happen with me I know the sacrifice these men and women are making, it’s a life changing experience. Thanks Mark for doing something for one of the best of the best. mike

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

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#5 posted 10-07-2008 02:54 AM

mark…this was not your first project post…but in the PULSE PAge…its one of THE oldest projects…I am bored…so thought i would go backwards and see the old stuff—-the oldies but goodies…very cool stuff…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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