Custom Made Hunting Skinning Knife Damascus Steel Elk Antler Arizona Turquoise Stone Nugget

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 01-31-2012 06:24 PM 4827 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been awhile since I posted a knife project, so I decided to update my project listings with another one.
This month I made this knife for myself while I made another knife for a commission, but bills being what they are, I have decided to offer it for sale.

I have built several new knives for myself over the years that I ended up selling later, and the short term pain is worth having some bills paid up.

If you are interested in purchasing, you can visit the Etsy Store listing

Here is a link to more photos in my album sets

This is a custom made knife, used for hunting, skinning, or just around the kitchen or shop.
The blade is Damascus Steel, that has been chemically etched to show the metal layering.
The blade hand guard is also Damascus Steel

I did Decorative Hand Filing to the back of the Blade and also to the Hand Guard.

The handle material is from naturally shed trophy bull elk antlers, taken from an upper tine.

The End of the handle is capped with a solid, authentic Arizona Turquoise Stone Nugget. I have drilled and attached the stone nugget to the handle with a brass rod and epoxy so that it will be very durable and won’t break off.

Also included are decorative bands of black, white, and Adobe Red (Rust) made from knife lining, a vulcanized rubber material that is very durable.

Blade is 3” long and 5/8” wide and 3/32” thick
Handle: is 4” long from the top of the hand guard 1-1/8” wide and 3/4” thick

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Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 06:27 PM

A great looking knife Mark.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 06:29 PM

very nice knife. I love the Damascus steel blades.

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 06:31 PM

Mark, Hope it sells.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 06:42 PM

thats a beauty mark, the stone really adds to this one, but then again all of the different things you did to this one all add up to a wonderful knife, ive got several im working on myself, and will one day finish them…thanks for showing this one…hope your doing well,and…yep…i wonder if you have finished the bedroom yet..:), just had to ask…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 06:47 PM

Outrageously fantastic and perhaps a bit underpriced. You won’t have that one long.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 06:49 PM

nope, on the bedroom….thanks for asking Grizzman. Next on the priority list is the old barn’s stone foundation collapsed in one section about the time we had a few minor earthquakes… now I need to fix it up before it all falls in the basement. Always something. I am making good progress on the big log mill though, so that’s good.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 07:29 PM

Great as always !!!That mill looks awesome, that sure will be nice to have.

-- Scott NM,

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 11:08 PM

Mark: A great looking knife. Nice 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 soon moving to Virginia †

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Mark A. DeCou

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 11:44 PM

Hey Karson, thanks.
this is a piece of the turquoise I bought from the mine in AZ, which I sent you half of. Have you had a chance to use the turquoise on anything?

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 02-01-2012 12:23 AM

wow, amazing knife! I’m sure you won’t have it for long. Also, congrats on the longest project title on LJ’s!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 02-01-2012 12:32 AM

thanks, I’ve found key words used in project titles is very helpful to google, and thus to me also.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#12 posted 02-01-2012 02:56 AM

a very awesome sharp project :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 02-02-2012 06:05 PM

Great Knife, great execution,,, BUT WHERE THE WOOD?

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