Antler knives

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Project by MattMize posted 12-16-2013 01:55 AM 1401 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two different knives made of deer antler (I know, wood only, etc.) that I made for two of my fellow firefighters in my department. The middle two pictures are the layout of the mortise for the tang and the mortise completed. This two knives were the first time I had attempted to work with antler, as well as the first time I attempted a knife with a hidden tang. That mortise took some working with a lot of filing and fitting and grinding the tang on the knives. Then, of course, the antler has to be filed and shaped to fit the brass guard behind the blade. Of course, getting the surface where the brass guard meets the antler milled perfectly flat was a lot of tedious filing and sanding to get the perfect fit with the perfect angle. On the first I was able to use a pen milling bit in my drill press because I made the hole much bigger than I needed. The second wouldn’t work like that because I mortised a fitted hole for the tang and the guide for the milling bit wouldn’t fir in the hole. All in all, I can definitely say I’ll work with antler again, as it works much easier than most woods I’ve used. Both guys are 100% satisfied and I’ve already received more orders because of the two I made for them! The first wasn’t cleaned up a lot because the man I was making it for wanted it to look like it just fell off of the deer with all the imperfections and blemishes and color that I could leave. The man who I made the second for wanted a much more clean appearance, but not so clean it looked like a pearl handle or ivory. Both are satisfied, and that makes me happy!

Thanks for checking it out!

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 04:44 AM

very nice ! great job.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 05:48 PM

Nice knife. Did you make the blade yourself and what steel did you use?

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 06:22 AM

Thanks for the comments! I wish I had made the blades but my hands aren’t quite steady and coordinated enough to grind blades that nice! They’re 440 stainless with a solid brass guard and a full hidden tang. I order them from

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