A Young Soldier's Commemorative Hunting Knife, with Elk Antler Handle and Scrimshaw Artwork

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 01-02-2008 06:14 PM 8752 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This knife is not available for sale, email me if you would like something built for you:

email: [email protected]

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This is a presentation knife to commemorate a young soldier’s tour of Afghanistan and Iraq with the Global War on Terrorism. No matter what a person thinks about war, we must all be profoundly inspired by a young soldier who is willing to leave his family to put himself into danger for the benefit of others. So, I couldn’t be more proud of him, or his service to this country. He how now received his “Ranger” status, and continues training and serving.

The handle is Elk Tine Antler, from a natural Shed, something that is important to more and more folks these days.

The blade is 440C Stainless Steel.

The Scrimshaw artwork is scratched, depicting the symbol for the soldier’s team unit, Team Outkast.

The knife stand has been made from figured walnut and deer tine tips.

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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 01-02-2008 06:18 PM

Nice Job, Buddy. The reason I didn’t ask his name is because then I’d have to kill myself.

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#2 posted 01-02-2008 06:41 PM

Very cool and a great gift for one of our best. Thanks.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 01-02-2008 06:52 PM

excellent commemorative knife.
I especially like how you have it mounted.
( I too won’t ask “who”.. I want to see tomorrow)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 01-02-2008 07:26 PM

Sweet! Can you make me one? Ya. I know it’s always about the $$$$$$.
Bet he’ll be very proud of it.

-- Marty Ohio

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 01-02-2008 08:01 PM

Hey Marty, it really isn’t that many ”$” signs. Knives are one of the least expensive things I make.

I could always swap you for one of those cool bedroom dressers you made.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 01-02-2008 08:58 PM

Hey Mark,
that sounds fair, But I’m sure your quality is far better than mine. And the $$$’s aren’t and issue for quality. hope I didn’t offend, I admire all the projects you share, Wish I had your skill. We will talk later about one of those knives or a set for my brothers cabin, his birthday is coming up. these would be perfect, if I don’t keep them myself.

-- Marty Ohio

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#7 posted 01-02-2008 09:23 PM

I wish I could do just some of the free hand carving you have displayed on some of your work. Another inspiring piece, very nice

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dennis mitchell

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#9 posted 01-03-2008 01:24 AM

I hope the knife is sharp. What good is a dull hunting knife.

Great job Mark. Great idea to blank out the kitchen table cloth.

-- 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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#10 posted 01-03-2008 02:52 AM

It seems all my comments are WOW, or AWESOME!!! I have never seen so many talented people before that inspire you the way the fellow woodworkers here at Lumberjocks do.

This knife and all the knives I saw on your website Mark are beautiful. You are very talented.

-- Kirk H. --

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#11 posted 01-03-2008 08:25 AM

Mark -

Beautiful! Your work is so wonderful. I did check the attached links and must say they are all true works of art. Thanks Mark!


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#12 posted 01-03-2008 10:46 AM

Makes me want to pick it up and just hold it. Wonderful knife.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 01-03-2008 07:25 PM

Mark, I nearly missed this one. Glad I didn’t. Very nice workmanship.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 01-03-2008 11:58 PM

Very nice work Mark, up to your usual perfect standards. Unbelievable. mike ps. thanks for the kind email.

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

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#15 posted 01-04-2008 12:24 AM

Very nice! Looks like it fit the hand perfect.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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