Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by Paul Foreman, Aug 9, 2019.
i'm thinking of trying it for a stick tang build ...
thinking of thin disks, like leather disks or birch disks ...
You'd really have to like the smell of antler dust to make them. It would be a trial of my nostrils but if you set up your cut station outdoors probably be easier.
Hot antler does stink. No problem setting up outside. I’ve cut many a button ...
Of coarse I don't have pic, but yes I have. It's an interesting look, and a good way to use short pieces of stock.
It would probaly look pretty cool with differnt color antler pieces.
I think you would have to work hard and get each antler piece cut with clean parallel sides as i am assuming with the other stacked handled material there is more leeway as the material can be squashed together.
Antler slices are great for dramatic lines, and effects between pieces. I use my belt sander with a sturdy platten to get uniform thickness and gluing surfaces.
The Helle Odel is very pretty. They are out of production; but some are still available. https://agrussell.com/knife/Odel-from-Helle-Norway--HEL-015
I have a Helle Odel blade blank that I still haven't decided how I'm going to build a handle for. I've been thinking a combination of rosewood and antler slices.
that sounds mighty purty ...
If y'all have a direct question about stacking up a stick tang handled knife I'd be happy to help.
Mostly I've used a piece cut just as a tine forks off to have a guard profile or an inch long piece for the pomel.
Of course I couldn't get a pic to post.
I used an antler disk as a butt cap on a stick build a few years ago. It has aged prettily ...
I've been searching for both these antler sections for my Helle blank. It's hard to find ones that are juuust right... but I'm a patient man.
@rwfred I'm planning to alternate antler and rosewood, with leather spacers between the pieces; like a Helle Odel or ARV. Would you epoxy everything together?
It is bad to breathe the bone dust ,please wear a mask a good one.
I have made several antler handles and laminated.
Of you put leather between the flats don't necessarily have to be perfect.
Those look GREAT, Brother! Yes, I have good silicon dust masks, will work outside, and will hook up my shopvac to the saw.
Stacking handles like this originated because the Antler usually has more curve than is comfortable. So stacking disks of Antler, leather, wood is a cool solution. Rosewood would be beautiful and functional especially if used for bolster and pommel. Imagine those sections carved to shape. The pithy core of the Antler is a weak point so using the Antler closest to the crown is usually the strongest best choice. These pieces are larger and allow you to shape down to the size you need. Before epoxying everything dry fit a couple times checking angles and make sure there's no gaps.
Photo shows Rosewood, Antler, Brass and junk ready to be assembled. I like to put pencil marks to help orientation so I don't need to think when assembling. Have everything you need to put epoxy everywhere and a couple rags for clean up. Also have some way to hold the work together as the epoxy cures. After curing be patient if using power tools to shape things. Don't want to heat up anything and weaken the epoxy or burn the Antler.
Most of all have fun making memories.
Thanks Brother! While I love the Helle Odel and ARV, really the same knife with slightly different pattern of alternating wood and antler; I want to make one that's all my own. I'm going to save your tips, while I keep searching for just the right pieces to make this something special. Many thanks.