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Deer Shed Antler Handled Steak Knives; Scrimshaw, Ivory, Turquoise, & Stainless Steel Damascus

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 12-11-2007 03:53 AM 12815 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Knife Set has been “SOLD”, but if you would like something simliar,

please email me at:
mark@decoustudio.com for more information.

Here are other Knife Sets I’ve built:

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Project Story

I am pleased to show this 2nd set of Custom Steak Knives. This set includes 12 knives, with an added hone/sharpener, and a can of Renaissance Wax. The display box was made from air-dried Kansas Walnut, that was cut at least 25 years ago, and had lots of pretty sap wood that was streaked with black spalting lines. I used a couple of knots to add turquoise-chip inlay. The overall design of this set is “refined-rustic,” perfect for a western style, cabin style, log home, or cowboy chic designed interior.

The knives are held in place on their leather covered cradles with a board that bolts down with two nuts made from antler rosettes. The turquoise-chip inlay work on the walnut board is the first and last name initials of the husband and wife of the family that these knives are going to.

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

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Here is a quick photo of the turquoise-chip inlay work. Just hammer the rocks into chips, fill the inlay, and glue. Course, there are some tricks, and pitfalls, but give it a try sometime.

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Here is my blog posting on this project:
Tonight, I Finished My Second Custom Steak Knife Set. Is it the Last?

Here is another set of knives similar to this Steak Knife Set:
Click for details

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What is ”Scrimshaw” you say?
Go to this blog, for a thorough discussion and examples of my past work:

A Scrimshaw Art Journey

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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.)

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
decoustudio.com

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





24 comments so far

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CedarFreakCarl

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#1 posted 12-11-2007 04:06 AM

What a beautiful creation Mark! Wow….

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 12-11-2007 04:07 AM

They still look as good as they did this morning on the blog. Boy, that’s luck, huh?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Max

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#3 posted 12-11-2007 04:17 AM

Another great project Mark. This is very impressive as usual.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Karson

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#4 posted 12-11-2007 04:52 AM

Great project Mark. You going to be able to get it out to the customer, with all of the ice storms on the way.

-- 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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#5 posted 12-11-2007 06:07 AM

A man of many talents. Great project.

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#6 posted 12-11-2007 07:02 AM

Mark, another great looking project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Blake

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#7 posted 12-11-2007 07:36 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Roger Strautman

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#8 posted 12-11-2007 12:54 PM

Yes Mark, you have took another big leap towards your goal with this project. I might give this knife thing a try. Thanks Mark!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Brad_Nailor

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#9 posted 12-11-2007 02:47 PM

Wow…amazing! I love the “live” edge on the top and bottom!

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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#10 posted 12-11-2007 02:47 PM

awsome…..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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schwingding

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#11 posted 12-11-2007 03:32 PM

Fantastic! You are a heck of a craftsman. Really love those knives and the box – wow!

-- Just another woodworker

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 12-11-2007 04:34 PM

Great creftsmanship, Mark!

What type of glue did you use for the turquoise inlay? I’ve done something like that with two-part epoxy.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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TreeBones

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#13 posted 12-11-2007 05:36 PM

Impressive! I like this a lot and wish I was doing this kind of work.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#14 posted 12-11-2007 08:03 PM

Like I said Mark, I know you would’nt like to do the same thing every day, so maybe come out here to Michigan, teach me to Scrim and you go back to what you were doing and I’ll give you credit for everyone I sell, promise. Of course I’ll give you your usual say 2-3 % commission or we could talk about that. Oh almost forgot, beautiful work as usual. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 12-11-2007 08:19 PM

Beautiful!
You’re going to need a lot of antlers, when more people see this.

-- -** 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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