Using an antler for knife handle

Discussion in 'Blades' started by twoshotc, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. twoshotc

    twoshotc Monkey+++

    I have put blades and antler handles together many times but I ran out of antlers for a knife I will make for a grandson. I was in Pet Smart and saw a piece of antler that is the right size for the knife I am planning on making. I brought it home. It is very dry and bleached out. I wondered if anyone knows of something I could put on it to renew the dried out look. Maybe an oil of some type?
  2. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    It is basically calcium so seems any natural oil would work. Some seal them with poly urethane after highlighting the crevices.
  3. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    that wrangler star dude on the youtube puts boiled linseed oil on ever dam thing he touches i dont know for what but i think this guy bathes in it!!!

    Try it and let me know what you come up with !!!!

    Funny you ask this cause i just got a whole shit load of antlers from a guy yesterday that have been sitting in the back of his truck for a while ....{Because im a horderrer}
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  4. twoshotc

    twoshotc Monkey+++

    So boiled linseed oil may work- is that a "natural oil" ?
  5. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Yes, it is a vegetable oil made from Flax.
  6. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    i have no clue but wranglerstar would definatly put it on there somewere ...
    Please try it and keep us posted on how it works ..!!
  7. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Yep, boiled linseed oil works well on about any porous natural surface. Cheap and available at any paint or hardware store.Tool handles too. Keeps them young and way fewer splinters than letting them weather. Treats canvas but never used it on synthetics so can't say about that.
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  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Linseed oil was used to preserve masts and spars of sailing ships, as well.
  9. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    You're a blade smith? What steel do you prefer?
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