Art Knives: Damascus Steel, Scrimshaw Art, Antler Handles, Wood Display Stand

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 06-05-2006 02:18 AM 16740 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have SOLD all three of these knives, but if you would like me to build one for you, please contact me at:

[email protected]

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Project Story:

  • Damascus Blade Steel hand-forged 160 layers, by certified Blade Smith Jerry Kennedy, who lives outside of Kansas City. Email me if you would like his contact information at “[email protected]
  • I do the final blade grind, and file, bend and shape the tang, etch the steel layers, make the white brass hand guard, solder & pin the white brass hand guard to the blade, inset the blade in the antler handle. These knives are built for display, or rugged use. Owners have used my knives to skin Deer and a Buffalo in 2006, and then they sit in their display stand on a mantel or shelf between hunts.
  • I do the Scrimshaw Artwork with a knife point on inlayed, legal, elephant ivory
  • The antler handles are either Kansas Whitetail Deer, or Kansas Elk.
  • The display stands are sculpted and made from Walnut and Flame Mahogany
  • An acrylic box also fits over the knife to protect little one’s fingers while on display.

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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 03-10-2007 02:03 AM

Very nice looking knives Mark

-- 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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#2 posted 03-10-2007 04:15 PM

Thanks Karson.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 03-10-2007 04:26 PM

These are terrific, Mark. Your artistry knows no boundaries.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 05-20-2007 04:26 AM

I really like these Mark. I ran across them again using shuffle. Have you been doing any Scrimshaw lately.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 05-27-2007 06:39 AM

WayneC: no time lately for Scrimshaw. I have two powder horns to sell now, so that is enough until one of them sells. I will be making a run at canes again in a few weeks, and I am thinking I might add some scrimshaw to a few of the canes. Most of the time I try to keep the cost down on them, so I normally only add the scrimshaw when it is a commission project.

Oh, meant to tell you awhile back, your photo looks just like “Luke” my border collie.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 05-27-2007 07:07 AM

I’m looking forward to a new crop of canes. I like the ones I have seen so far.

This is a picture of our family dog a mini Austrailian Shephard. We also have one that is 3/4 border collie and 1/4 Australian Shephard.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 01-10-2011 12:24 AM

This is amazing work. Ireally love the one with the wolf.

One day i gotta try this.

Wery nice work :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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