March 13th, 2012, 08:03 PM
A customer requested a knife that would honor his mother who was pure Comanche. Comanches of old only had what they could get from a buffalo or some other critter. I didn't have a buffalo handy so I decided to make the knife using antler from a deer I shot in Comanche county Oklahoma. Seemed like a good idea. I don't use antler very often and this knife reminded why I choose other materials. Antler wants to have some input on how the knife is designed. If you don't allow the antler to have some input on the design, it will fight you tooth and nail. Unlike flat pieces of very compliant wood, antler is bullheaded. I have never liked allowing others to dictate how one of my knives is made so Mr. Antler and I had a few problems on this project.
The knife has a 5/32" O1 tool steel blade and measures 9 1/2" OAL. I used brass and .030" G10 for the cap and guard.
March 13th, 2012, 08:14 PM
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March 13th, 2012, 08:40 PM
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March 13th, 2012, 09:13 PM
Definitely a beautiful knife, but I think that designing a knife can be done in two ways, and each has its rewards. The one you prefer is to design it and fit the materials to the knife, but sometimes, working from the material to get to the knife can be very rewarding too, and offer a different challenge.
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March 13th, 2012, 09:17 PM
well it looks like you won the battle, it looks great.
March 13th, 2012, 09:41 PM
There were a couple times when I had to give Mr. Antler the ice water stare while brandishing the 2lb shop hammer of destiny. He finally came around to my why of thinking.
March 13th, 2012, 09:48 PM
looks great! how long did it take?
March 14th, 2012, 06:21 AM
Simply beautiful!!!! I am sure your customer will be thrilled, I know I would be,
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March 14th, 2012, 08:52 AM
Great lookin' knife! Looks like you and the deer came to a good compromise! I work in buckskin and it too will talk to you. If you listen, you will both agree in the end. Looks like you both listened to each other.
March 14th, 2012, 09:34 AM
Great looking knife as usual!!!
March 14th, 2012, 11:23 AM
very nice .. not your normal approach - but turned out great
March 14th, 2012, 05:28 PM
[QUOTEThere were a couple times when I had to give Mr. Antler the ice water stare while brandishing the 2lb shop hammer of destiny. He finally came around to my why of thinking. ][/QUOTE]
Wow - It's remarkable how similar you and I convince various inanimate objects that we are indeed in charge. I once put a piece of macassar ebony on my anvil and took it to pieces with my 3 lb straight peen and started the scale over. The next piece cooperated remarkably well.
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March 14th, 2012, 11:04 PM
I think it looks great as always .
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March 14th, 2012, 11:20 PM
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March 14th, 2012, 11:32 PM
March 15th, 2012, 02:57 PM
Great looking knife, as usual. I haven't tried working with any antler yet, but I do have several nice pieces waiting for me to work up the courage.
March 15th, 2012, 05:50 PM
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March 17th, 2012, 11:29 PM
what can i say that i havn't said before,etc. etc. etc.
March 18th, 2012, 09:51 AM
Very nice. It has a very classy look instead of the typical rustic, primitive antler knives. Very well done!!
March 18th, 2012, 11:20 AM
Was the G-10 easier to work with? It looks good that's for sure.
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March 18th, 2012, 11:52 AM
March 18th, 2012, 11:54 AM
G10 is no easier or harder to work with but it does eliminate problems that can arrise later with vulcanized fiber spacers. It's a far more stabile material.