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This Custom Made Antler Handled Damascus Steel Knife was a bit of a challenge for me. The Atypical Antler set had a right handed, mostly normal looking deer antler, while the left side had a mostly straight tall "spike" antler. The customer on this shot the deer in Ohio in 2010, and found me on the internet, and asked that I convert the antler set into a custom made Damascus Steel knife with a display stand.

I built a small, yet similar knife one time before, and had photos of that project posted on Lumberjocks. That photo was discovered by Google, and many others have sought me out about custom hunting knives to be made from their unique or special-memory antlers.

To do this type of mounting, I have to make an angled synthetic ivory mounting so that the blade has something to sit into. The blade tang goes down deep into the antler, and the synthetic ivory is used to give it a mounting location that makes the atypical Spike a relatively good handle. The customer's name and the deer harvest date was added in hand lettering, scrimshaw style, on the synthetic ivory section.

The customer also asked that I inlay a piece of legal, pre-ban, Elephant Ivory into the display stand antler Crown end with a picture of a deer. I do this work with a sharp pointed knife and scribe and darken the scratches with black ink. I've written many times before on Scrimshaw Artwork here on Lumberjocks, so if you would more information about the art form, or how it is done, a quick "search" of the site will give you quite a few links to review.

I took a couple of the "hunt" photos that the customer took from the day the deer was harvested, and converted that into an original art image of what I thought the deer might have looked like with his atypical Spike showing on the left side.

The Display Stand was made from the right side Antler, a four pointer, and set on the figured burl walnut board with brass rods. All together, I hope it is an attractive Mantle Display piece that the customer will enjoy for many years as he reflects back on the hunting day.

If you have a special Antler that you'd like to have made into a knife, let me know by emailing me. The waiting list is pretty long, but if you can be patient, I will do the best work I can on your project.

Thanks for reading,
Mark DeCou
decoustudio.com
email: [email protected]

MORE PHOTOS?
Here is a link to more photos in my flickr.com album sets

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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. Large Damascus Steel Blade Custom Knife with Antler, Turquoise and Brass
  3. Custom Hunting Knife with Elk Shed Antler Handle, Ivory, Scrimshaw, and Hand-forged Damascus Blade
  4. Custom Knife with Damascus Steel Blade & Whitetail Deer Shed Antler
  5. 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.)

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Mark,

I'm a pocket knife, functional knife guy. I love your work. Like your creativity and how you view the world.

Hope you can sell something.

take Care.
 

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Wow, what a piece. Talk about a project where you only get one chance to get it right!!!! Good work.
 

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mark you always seem to step up one more notch in the quality of your work and i enjoy seeing it….i can tell you enjoy taking the elements of what god has given and join them together to make a masterpiece..wood, metal, antler…, so many …bravo mark, i really love this set, your customer is a lucky guy…grizz
 

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Very cool. Do you make the steel or buy it somewhere?
 

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very nice work indeed.
I like the way you incorporate the different materials; all to their best display.
You are quite a craftsman my friend.
 

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Thanks guys.
I appreciate your encouragement.
Mark
 

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Wow, that's too pretty to sharpen, much less cut anything with it!
 

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Mark: A beautiful job on a unique piece of Antler. Some fantastic touches.
 

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well done. masterful work. we all can learn much from you.
 

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so nice…so nice so nice!!!
 

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You out did yourself on this one. A real beauty!
 

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Beautiful carving.
 

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Mark I still get compliments on the cane you made for me. I told him who made it and he said he collects canes. Maybe he'll give you some business. I don't know, he did say antique canes. He really love your cane though, he had to look it all over and just oohed, and aahhed. I still owe you for that cane. I use it every day and in church I always get compliments like I could make something so beautiful, thanks again, God Bless you and the family. Did you ever make anything with the carabou antlers I sent?
 

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thanks folks for the encouragement.

Hey Mike, I still have the caribou antlers. I just haven't found the right situation for them, but I will. I've looked at them many times since you sent them, just haven't gotten the guts up enough to cut them, and I won't until just the right situation comes along, and then I'll be able to use them. Thanks for sending them. I'm glad you like the walking cane. You were pretty "down" during that period, and I wanted you to know that you had internet buddies that were concerned and praying for you, and I thought it might encourage you to have a walking cane. I'm glad you enjoy showing it around and using it.

M
 

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Very very nice work! Do you also make the blades or do you have a preferred supplier?
 

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Mark, first off, this was indeed a challenge! I was taken aback when reading about the spear-like 2nd antler, and then you incorporated the deer-head, strange antler and all, into a wondewrful piece of scrimshaw. You are an outstanding artisan. Everything about this piece screams superlatives!

Second, you never cease to amaze me with your generosity. You have helped out so many people in so many ways, and never ask for a thing in return. You are a good soul and a pleasure to have here on LJ. I am honored to call you my internet friend. Keep up the outstanding work!
 
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