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Custom Knife: Hand Forged Damascus Steel, Deer Antler Handle, Brass Guard, Turquoise Stone Inlay

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 2120 days ago 21773 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This knife was a commissioned piece, so it has been ”SOLD

If you would like something similar made for you, please email me.

In the last photos of this posting, I have shown another Damascus Blade that is ready to be built into a knife. If you like the blade, let me know and I’ll make the knife up per your specifications.

email: mark@decoustudio.com

website: http://www.decoustudio.com

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Project Story:

This posting is of a large custom knife with a 6.125” long blade, made with hand forged damascus steel, 160 layers.

The handle is a naturally shed Sitka Deer antler, with a polished crown rosette on the end of the handle, and a natural turquoise stone nugget inlayed where the brow tine was removed.

The blade guard is yellow brass, which I make from a thick chunk of brass bar stock.

Although Damascus Steel adds quite a bit to the cost of a custom made knife, I sure think it is worth the investment.

But, I’m probably biased a little.

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On the back of the blade, I added some decorative filing, just because I thought it looked good.

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I also made a custom leather sheath for this knife, to be carried on a waist belt, right side carry.

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Here’s what you can do if you have extra deer antler pieces, put handles on your hand file collection. This isn’t all of them that I use, but probably more than half of them.

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Here are a couple of photos of another damascus steel blade that I have. I will be making this into a knife soon. If you would like a custom knife, and want to pick out the details, email me so that I can build the knife the way you desire it to look.

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Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

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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. 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
decoustudio.com

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com





9 comments so far

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dennis mitchell

3994 posts in 2919 days


#1 posted 2119 days ago

Beautiful knife Mark. The pattern on the blade intrigues me. And the other day I was filing away and getting real tired of having the end of the file driven into my hand. Thinking I really need to get a handle for this. Antler will do just great!

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mtnwild

3474 posts in 2132 days


#2 posted 2119 days ago

Great knife. Antler is a cool material. Many unique possibilities. Works well with wood working tools. Love your files. I did the same thing, though don’t have so many. Love your projects, you are an inspiration.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 2119 days ago

Excellent craftsmanship … you are in the zone …I especially like the blue nugget. looks like it belongs there.

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

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Roger Strautman

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#4 posted 2119 days ago

This is another one of those great knives and I love that Damascus Steel. One of these days I’m going to own one of your knives Mark. I’m a little short on cash and need a job right now so it will have to be down the road. Thanks for sharing!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 2904 days


#5 posted 2119 days ago

Another great creation by you.

That Damascus steel is sure beautiful.

The two materials blend very well with each other.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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trifern

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#6 posted 2119 days ago

Truly spectacular…

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

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 2119 days ago

Exelllent craftsmanship. You did a great job on this project posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Tony

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#8 posted 2119 days ago

Another fine piece from the DeCou stable.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Karson

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#9 posted 2119 days ago

Another great knife mark. Good job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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