|Project by MattMize||posted 12-16-2013 01:55 AM||929 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
These are two different knives made of deer antler (I know, wood only, etc.) that I made for two of my fellow firefighters in my department. The middle two pictures are the layout of the mortise for the tang and the mortise completed. This two knives were the first time I had attempted to work with antler, as well as the first time I attempted a knife with a hidden tang. That mortise took some working with a lot of filing and fitting and grinding the tang on the knives. Then, of course, the antler has to be filed and shaped to fit the brass guard behind the blade. Of course, getting the surface where the brass guard meets the antler milled perfectly flat was a lot of tedious filing and sanding to get the perfect fit with the perfect angle. On the first I was able to use a pen milling bit in my drill press because I made the hole much bigger than I needed. The second wouldn’t work like that because I mortised a fitted hole for the tang and the guide for the milling bit wouldn’t fir in the hole. All in all, I can definitely say I’ll work with antler again, as it works much easier than most woods I’ve used. Both guys are 100% satisfied and I’ve already received more orders because of the two I made for them! The first wasn’t cleaned up a lot because the man I was making it for wanted it to look like it just fell off of the deer with all the imperfections and blemishes and color that I could leave. The man who I made the second for wanted a much more clean appearance, but not so clean it looked like a pearl handle or ivory. Both are satisfied, and that makes me happy!
Thanks for checking it out!