Mammoths call, MaFe knife

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Mammoths call
Knife for a wonderful friends forty years birthday.

Knife: no. 33.
Name: Mammoths call.

On this page you can see the making of the knife:

One of my old best friends asked me to make him a knife for his forty years birthday.
I usually don’t do knifes for others, but he said it could be finished whenever I wanted and that he wanted me to work only on the knife when I was in the right health and mood, so I was happy to say yes to him.

He paid the materials and I gave him all the hours of work as my gift for the big day as a token of our friendship.

Materials: Ebony (flame), mammoth tooth, 925 Sterling silver, red fiberboard, leather.
Blade: Hand forged by the Swedish black smith Mattias Styrefors, 110mm long.

1. The knife.
2. Materials before the making.
3. Me with my pony, sewing.
4. Box from recycle materials for the knife.
5. The gift.
6. Back side.

I am really happy with this knife, I think it is probably the best I have made to date, it has a wonderful feel in the hand, and I think it has a classy light aggressive yet gentle look to it.
(Hope it is ok to say that myself…).

My friend Jakob was really happy for the knife, he loves fishing and said it will be his pal from now.
I was thrilled to see the joy in his eyes; after all he waited almost a year after his birthday before he got it.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

63 comments so far

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T. D. Reid

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 02:38 PM

Hey do you want to be my friend? I have a 44 birthday in June. Very nice job and you are a great friend to give such a well crafted gift to a guy turning any age.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 02:41 PM

Very nice Mads. I can imagine how happy he was to receive this. I’m sure he will treasure it for the rest of his life.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Don W

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 03:00 PM

Mads, just reading your post makes my world a better place. You’ve given me a gift as well. Well done.

I’ve made several knife sheaths but like the way you formed the leather. I’ve never tried that. It is a gorgeous set.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 03:03 PM

It’s a beautiful knife and sheath. Your leather work has grown along with your many other skills it would seem. A wonder full gift for a dear friend. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 03:07 PM

That’s one of the best looking knives I’ve ever seen. I’m always impressed with your projects, this one is no exception.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 03:13 PM

That is a work of art! It would be a crime to use and a crime to let it sit on a shelf. Jeff

-- Jeff,

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 03:19 PM

Beautiful knife, Mafe, and well designed. That’s some nice steel you got for the blade. I’m partial to the Damascus steel for knives. Nice leather work too. This is something I would like to find time for one of these days. Thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 01-18-2012 03:23 PM

Nice piece of steel, and you did it justice with a beautiful design!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#9 posted 01-18-2012 03:30 PM

Beautiful job on the knife. I particular enjoy the bird call in the box. Nice touch.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#10 posted 01-18-2012 03:46 PM

Mads I envy your craftsmanship and your eye for details. It’s plain to see you have put a lot of yourself into that knife. Exquisite work.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 01-18-2012 04:07 PM

Very very nice, Mads.
That knife does have a wonderful look to it.

Is that a Bird Call in the gift box? I love those things.

Take care of yourself,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 01-18-2012 04:26 PM

Beautiful work of art Mads

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#13 posted 01-18-2012 04:29 PM

This is a great looking knife and box Mads, really nice work!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#14 posted 01-18-2012 04:53 PM

Well done.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#15 posted 01-18-2012 04:53 PM


Here you can see the making of this knife step by step.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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