Carving in horn is qute fun, its hard as stone, but the end result is quite Nice. A trick my grandfather learned me is to boil the horn in milk for a couple of hours before starting to carve the patterns. In the bottom of the caseroll i putt some Wood sticks to prevent the bone toutching metal and getting burned. It just needs to barely boil for a couple of hours.
This makes the bone get softer for short time and i can do the rough carving, i preffer to do the finish when its Cold and hard since it gets a smooter surface then. It also makes the bone go whiter, in a mutch better way than chemichaly withener would do, and its the hmm, stuff you writhe on a blackboard With thats in milk that do that.
I have come quite a bit farther on theese knifes, so il just have to take some more photos and il update this series.
I have done the silverwork myself on the smal knife, the big one i had a silversmith friend do it. There is some silverwork missing, on both knifes, also some creative leatherwork so they stay in the holster.
The raindeer i used from here i shot myself, but there is quite some Hunters up here so its easy to get other ways to. Im abouth to start some more Projects in horn so il post more pics when i get there. Hope you like it. And if anyone have any questions feel free to ask.
-- Bard son of iver