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.