Custom Folding Knife with Elk Naturally Shed Antler Handle

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 04-20-2008 01:25 AM 6878 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Custom Folding Knife with Elk Naturally Shed Antler Handle
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This folding knife is “SOLD”, but I can build another one.

email: [email protected]

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Scrimshaw Ready:
This Knife has a rear section cap that is ready for Scrimshaw Artwork. If you contact me before I put the artwork on it, I can customize it to whatever artwork, or lettering you would like to have.

Handle: Elk Shed Antler, turquoise, synthetic ivory
Bolster: Nickel-Silver
Locking Blade: 3/4” wide, 2-3/4” Cutting Edge, 4-1/8” closed, 7-1/8” Open, 6A Stainless Steel

Here are some more photos:





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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 04-20-2008 01:27 AM

That’s one nice looking knife!

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

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#2 posted 04-20-2008 02:28 AM

Another beaut. Mark. Very nice work. mike

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

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#3 posted 04-20-2008 02:39 AM

Very cool. I like the turquoise.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 04-20-2008 03:09 AM


This is a beautiful knife. The antler handle adds a unique element to the knife.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-20-2008 03:43 AM

Mark fantastic job.

-- 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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#6 posted 04-20-2008 08:26 AM

great job Mark ….oh yes …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 04-20-2008 12:59 PM


I love it! I think you need to create a catalog, (even if it’s an online catalog), of your numerous pieces, as they’re quite beautiful and definitely unique.

I would suspect if promoted enough it would fill in your slow spots very well.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 04-20-2008 09:43 PM

great posting MARK

I like your presentation.

Very fine work.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Mark A. DeCou

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#9 posted 05-02-2008 03:34 PM

The slow spots seemed to have been filled lately. Now, I’m working long hours trying to keep on top of what I said I would get done. My biggest hurdles have always been finding enough money per hour on a project to pay the bills that came in during the time I was working on something. Bidding correctly is my biggest hurdle.

I’ve never run out of work completely. Last fall, there were a few tense times when the end of one project was nearing, with nothing in line coming after it. But, then something always showed up just in time.

I could tell more about how that happens, but that would take me into the danger zone of the new posting rules.

Oh, yea, another aspect of my work is that there aren’t copies of anything. Doing a catalog makes people think that this stuff is sitting on a shelf. It is all made one-at-a-time, one-of-a-kind. In fact, the more something is “new” to me, the more creative and fun it is for me. The most a catalog of my work would be is a list of things that could give an idea to someone about something else I could build. Like taking things they like in a knife handle and getting a cane handle done the same way. I am not looking to do repetitive work, not the type of legacy I want to leave.

Each knife and cane, and such get a unique serial number, not a catalog number. There are websites already that have ordering codes for imported factory, made walking canes for instance. This works for some people, as they can wave at the other people at Wal-mart that have the same cane. I’m looking for those unique folks that want to be the only one that has the cane they are carrying. It’s not the best business plan for a cultural mindset in the industrial-age, and the get-it-cheap-by-abusing-foreign-craftsmen era but it is who I am, so that’s what I’m doing. There are enough people asking for my work to keep me busy at this point.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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