Whitetail Antler Cartridge

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Project by JamesVavra posted 11-13-2009 04:29 PM 2509 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the chrome cartridge kits from with whitetail antler. The one on the right was drilled off-center so I could get a bit of the spongy center of the horn (filled with medium CA and antler dust) to show.

My Father-in-law is a bug deer hunter, and one of these is for him. I’d never worked with this kit or antler, so I got two in case I screwed the first attempt up.

There is a bit of color variation in the antler, but it’s really had to photograph – light gray on white just doesn’t come out very well.


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#1 posted 11-13-2009 06:18 PM

Very nice. I use antler in a lot of my pens and I like working with it. I haven’t used the dust but I will try using it in some inlays. Thanks for the idea, I hope you don’t mind me using it. Thanks again!

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 09:29 PM

Every hunter would love to have a set of these!

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 09:37 PM

Those are great! I’m going to have to use that… What do you finish them with???

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 05:03 PM

I soak it in thin CA after the 220 grit sanding (to harden it completely) and then continue sanding through 15000 grit cloths until it shines. I then finish all of my pens with the same process (although, I don’t make pens a lot anymore).

I use “dipping lacquer” which is basically clear gloss lacquer thinned down 1:1 with lacquer thinner. I run a line down the tube with a knot in the end just big enough to keep it from falling off. Then I dip it deep enough to submerge completely and pull it back out. I’ll hang it up to dry for about 30 minutes and then assemble. It’s still not fully cured, and you have to handle it carefully, but the tiny bit of “not cured” will actually act as an adhesive to keep the pen parts assembled.

Then I let is sit upright overnight to cure fully.

By the way, antler smells horrible when you’re working with it – like burnt hair.


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#5 posted 01-10-2013 06:39 PM


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