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The first knife handle is carved sambar stag. It has a warthog ivory spacer and nickel silver fittings.

 

http://pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL782/406322...2/132526495.jpg

 

 

The next knife is a sgian dubh(Scottish stocking knife) with a bone handle that is carved. Bone has in my experience been much more difficult to carve than stag antler. The bone is brittle and chips badly where the stag, while, hard is tough and carves relatively well.

 

http://pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL782/406322...2/132486434.jpg

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I tried a little trick earlyer this winter carving shed antlers. I was making a basketweave pattern and found my knife wasnt staying sharp very long. Oh well thats what ya get for cheap tools, Anyways The I threw all caution to the wind and filled up my micro torch and let it settle to get a nice sharp piont on the flame and burned 1/8 of an inch away from the lines i groved in and found removal of the antler was much easyer. One sould do this outside not in the basement. Thehouse smelled like burnt antler for a couple of days. I have a very understanding wife when it comes to stuff like this. but I had to put up with the scented candles for a few days on this one.

Things where going well till I got almost 3/16 into the shed antler then it stated getting rough and I couldnt smoth it out from there. Till then it was looking great.

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