Custom Knife: Damascus Steel Blade, Brass Hand Guard, Deer Antler, Fantasy Marble Inlay

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 05-13-2009 03:04 PM 9612 views 0 times favorited 10 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.

Also, I often have knives for sale in my Shop, Click here to see what is currently available



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> Blade: 3-1/2” Long, 3/4” wide, 1/8” thick, hand crafted forged carbon steel Damascus Steel
> Handguard: Yellow Brass
> Handle: Kansas Whitetail Deer
> Handle Cap: Fantasy Marble, Purple/Orange
> Sheath: Top Grained Leather, hand stitched with waxed synthetic sinew

Project Story:

This knife was ordered with using the right side antler from the first Deer this guy hunted. The antler rack was small, so I used a blade that matched the size. The rosette end of the antler has an inlayed piece of Fantasy Purple & Orange Fantasy Marble, that didn’t show up to well in the photos. This material has a brilliant depth to it, and I enjoy using it on various projects. The antler is Kansas Whitetail Deer, and the hand guard is yellow brass.

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

Custom Knife Sample Slide Show (click the Speaker icon for music)

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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. Large Damascus Steel Blade Custom Knife with Antler, Turquoise and Brass
  2. Custom Hunting Knife with Elk Shed Antler Handle, Ivory, Scrimshaw, and Hand-forged Damascus Blade
  3. Custom Knife with Damascus Steel Blade & Whitetail Deer Shed Antler
  4. Custom Art Knives, set of three with Damascus Steel Blades and Scrimshaw artwork
Custom Steak Knife Sets:
  1. Shed Elk Antler Handled Steak Knives with Stainless Damascus Blades; Natural Edge Walnut Display Box
  2. Deer Shed Antler Handled Steak Knives; Scrimshaw, Ivory, Turquoise, & Stainless Steel Damascus
Folding Knives:
  1. Custom Folding Knife with Zebra Wood, Abalone, and Scrimshaw Ready
  2. Custom Folding Knife: Elk Antler Handle, Turquoise Stone, Abalone, Natutical 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

Still Want to See more of my work?

Start with each of these links, and they will take you to other organized lists of my other niche products:

  1. Custom Art-Furniture Pieces
  2. Custom Walking Canes and Walking Sticks
  3. Artisan Hat Making Tools

(Note: All photos, project design, and text is protected by copyright 2009 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.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

10 comments so far

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 04:22 PM

Very nice Mark!

I like your slideshow setup.

You can see all of your knives with one click.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 05:56 PM

Hi Mark

Another nice knife. I am sure the man was pleased with his knife. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 05:57 PM

This is Great. I like your knives.

Robin Renee’


-- Robin Renee'

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 05:58 PM

Another winning knife

-- Custom furniture

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scott shangraw

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 07:04 PM

Nice knife Mark !!!I like seeing that sold listed on it.

-- Scott NM,

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 07:17 PM

Very nicely designed.The shape is well suited to the materials,it has a natural feel to it.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 09:12 PM

Very nice craftsmanship Mark! How did you get the woodgrain look on the blade?

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#8 posted 05-13-2009 09:23 PM

That damascus steel is something else entirely, stunning work as per your skill Mark! I have been meaning to ask though, you seemed to have slowed down somewhat, is everything ok? Not that it is any of my business but your usual output of pieces has noticably diminished.

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#9 posted 05-14-2009 03:41 AM

Awesome knife Mark!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#10 posted 05-14-2009 03:58 AM

Awesome piece, could you write me a personal note on the marble, you know how I love working with stone.

-- Dan Wiggins

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