How to preserve a bear claw?

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  1. House of Horst

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    Hey guys. I'm curious what you all recommend for preserving the integrity of a bear claw. I have one I'm using as part of a lanyard pull on my Adventure Sworn Mountaineer, and I want to try and keep it in decent condition. I was considering just taking some clear nail polish and giving the whole thing a nice coat. Thoughts?
     
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    If it's totally free of tissue, just clear coat it to seal it it and you should be GTG....
     
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    Should work. Or what about Cyanoacrylate (aka Super Glue)? Do a google search on it. Should give good protection but will require a bit of work to get a polished finish.
     
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    I don't believe that you have a bear claw dangling from the pommel of your Adventure Sworn Mountaineer.

    How ca you talk about such a thing and not provide us a photo!!!!?????

    Sounds cool, I know we all want to see it.
     
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    I LOVE bear claws, great with a morning cup of coffee. Preserve them? They never last past 9 a.m. around here.
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    Seriously though the OP demands a photo. :)
     
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    See if this works...
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    Well how about that... I did a thing with the technology ok. Haha. I like how the claw's colors match the bog oak and sugar maple of the handle.
     
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    Holy moly that is slick. Those colors match up just right!
     
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    IMHO...somthing that special should be worn around the neck.
     
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    That is a beautiful knife indeed! Thanks for the photos and thanks for overcoming the technology wall!
     
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    I would agree if I had slain the bear in question. I acquired this specimen from a friend who does taxidermy here in our county, specifically for this knife project. You see, I'm a West Virginian. We are known as the Mountaineers. This model knife from Adventure Sworn is the Mountaineer. That dark bog oak on the lower part of the handle?... it was harvested from a dry bog here in WV, not from somewhere overseas, and is between 9,000 and 14,000 years old. The lighter sugar maple? That's our state tree. The liners are blue and gold - our state colors. The black bear is our state animal. This is a knife that I as a West Virginian am proud to possess.
     
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    I love that! I would us CA thin along bone and sheath. The sheath will slip as bone and membrane dries/shrinks. Hope that makes sense. Sometimes you can pop sheath loose and glue back on. Too pretty to loose and I'd hate for you to get the dribbly doodoos when you look down and see just bone.
     
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    I'll do that! Maybe a thin strip between bone and sheath, then clear coat the rest. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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    WOW that bog oak looks amazing! The bear claw just complements it perfectly. That knife is a priceless family heirloom that you can pass down the family tree when you're 93 years old. ;)

    I personally like 2 part clear epoxy as a coating but not the 5-minute stuff. The slow cure in my experience is stronger, and lasts longer. Use it in a warm room, and heat up the 2 tubes in very warm water before mixing, to thin it and make more brushable with a small artist's brush.
     
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    I bought a dozen of the faux resin bear claws,and used them to make a necklace,plus one for my primitive neck knife sheath made from an untanned groundhog skin.You can buy real black bear claws that are affordable from glacierwear.com.$4.50 for rear claws,$8.50 for fronts if your state laws will allow it. Glacier Wear - Rear Black Bear Claws For Sale
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    I've got some bear claws that are going on 60 years old. All I did was thoroughly clean the tissue and let them dry out. Haven't done anything else to them and they are going strong. I'd worry that nail polish would add an unnatural looking sheen. That claw looks amazing just like it is now.
     
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    I use spray quick dry polyurathane. It's great, tough.


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    House of Horst....that set up looks great. ...a perfect gift set up when my son graduates from WVU. Very classy. Thank you for sharing.
     
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    The nail polish will work just fine. I have one made into a necklace. Every year or two it gets another coat. Had it since the 80s
     
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    How did you get that knife made? Did you commission them and send them wood, or was it pure luck that they made a knife using the same wood from your state?
     
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    You got it. This was a special commission when their custom books were still open. I located the wood and sent it to them. The books are closed now, so what is available is what they feel like putting out. I've seen some nice stuff recently, though. Good variety, too.
     
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    It's a beautiful knife. Definitely the style of knife that I want down the road. Reminds me of some of my grandfathers old pocket knives. I didn't realize that company took commissions. I figured they were just a manufacturer.
     
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    They don't any longer, that's what I'm saying. Their custom (commission) books are closed indefinitely. They are only doing their own production blades now based on what materials and designs they want to do. They're a small shop and can't keep up with the huge demand that taking custom orders put on them.

    Thank you for the kind words, though. Keep on the lookout for their Mountaineer models with wood grips and micarta bolsters. They might release something you like. Get signed up for their mailing list so you know when they are going to do a release (typically late at night).
     
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    Oh no.....more raw materials for me to look for every chance I get. I can hear it already, "you're looking for what now?". My wife's going to kill you..........errr........I mean me. :D

    Awesome knife BTW!!!
     
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