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#38958 - 08/26/14 07:38 PM Elk antler scales
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Got some shed Elk antler that I plan making into scales for one of my blades, though I've not yet decided which one to dress-up.

Reviewing possible processes, I came across chainring bolts as possible attachment "rivets" and a great method for restoring original color to some of the antlers that have bleached-out- namely, using KMn04 to restore the "brown" bark on the lower half of the antler.

While I've done this many times, I'm betting there are others of you who have as well and can teach an old dog new tricks...

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#39006 - 08/27/14 10:52 PM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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Carl, Looking forward to seeing the end result.

Can't help any though, other than saying that stag handles are my favorite material.

I once read that they don't last and are not durable, I disproved that with my old Puma, a daily companion since the late sixties.
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#39023 - 08/29/14 10:35 AM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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Yes, elk antler is pithy.

Here's a little bit of info. It doesn't mention anything about attachment methods, though. I apologize if it isn't helpful.

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/686718-Using-Elk-antler-for-handles
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#39034 - 08/30/14 03:58 PM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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Thanks and me too on the stag handles.

Spider-Pig
Thanks for the link. Though there is some pith. Mine are from main stem and the "shell" is over 1/4" thick in the thinnest place. Should be more than ample for scales. Also, if you put Alpha-cyanoacrylate (crazy glue) into the pith it will fill the pith and strengthen it. Subsequent polishing provides a durable and interesting finish.

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#39275 - 09/09/14 01:24 PM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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I'm late to the party on this, but I'm looking forward to what you do with this Carl. Are you going for a raw look, or a more finished look?
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#39282 - 09/09/14 07:53 PM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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I want more of a "frontier" look, Grippy yet polished in the right places. Elk antler has knobs all over it. Leaving them alone will get me the "grippy" texture I want. Polishing the real high ones will reveal some of the character of the bone.

I dunno ... I will post before and after shots...

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#39674 - 09/28/14 10:07 PM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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Still working on those scales. I seem to be very picky about how they finally fit. Looking for a slight curve on the end so it bends around my gut... smile

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#39679 - 09/29/14 12:13 AM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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Carl,
Did you decide which knife you will re-dress yet?
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#39689 - 09/29/14 09:57 AM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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I'm thinking the NO/e right now, but may still do the RMD instead. I've got plenty of antler for both, but the shape of the antler seems to favor the Natural Outlaw. If that works out like I expect, I'll do another. Which is TBD smile

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#39699 - 09/29/14 07:21 PM Re: Elk antler scales [Re: Carl Theile]
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Carl,
That NO would look great sporting new Elk handles.

Beside that, the e series always felt a little thin in my hand. A thicker set of handles would alleviate that.
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