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Old 06-30-2020, 12:34 PM   #1
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Been working a lot more frequently with mammoth tusk and tooth and thought I'd pass along a few little tips and tricks for those just starting to use it on their knives to save some heart ache and cost. Hope you enjoy the pics and a if you glean a little help, that's ok too! (none of this is rocket surgery but it might help someone)

New drill bits - I've started using only fresh bits on all tusk material, particularly crosscut sections of tusk and all tooth. These pieces are most susceptible to "blowouts"

drill bits - Find a good size guide and order bits that are just the frogs hair larger size than your pin whether it be a numbered or lettered bit

Epoxy - Found that putting a thin layer over the handle where I'll be drilling (or super glue) helps prevent blowouts and repair.

Acrylic - You can also try clamping the handle between acrylic pieces and drilling through - I've had good success with that as well.

Ahhh, and save your dust left over from drilling in the rare case you need it to fill in any gaps mixed with superglue - you'll never know there was a small blemish if needed.

The first is a clippoint(ish) hunter I just finished with some gorgeous blue center cut mammoth tusk while the other is a niter blued Damascus hunter I made and stopped it at a nickel patina type finish. (fwiw, I appreciate and prefer the full hand filed vine patterns vs. a machine filed vine as you see the detailed curves stand out and add to the craftsmanship side of things)
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Old 06-30-2020, 12:59 PM   #2
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Those are amazing. Absolutely love that first knife!
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Old 06-30-2020, 12:59 PM   #3
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Wow those are very nice
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Purty, I'm still with wood, buffalo, G10 and Kirnite.
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Old 06-30-2020, 01:31 PM   #6
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Purty, I'm still with wood, buffalo, G10 and Kirnite.
Thanks. I still do a bunch in exotic woods and did a few a couple years back with the Kirinite. Just felt the kirinite ran its course in a short period of time with guys who bought from me was all.
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:24 PM   #7
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the title was tongue in cheek just so that doesn't get missed
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:43 PM   #8
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Nice work sir!
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:33 PM   #9
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I've had a few people ask me about making some with Mammoth tooth handles, but honestly, been scared of it because of the cost and potential money loss if they bust apart or something. So, how hard is it to work? Sanding, polishing, etc. I completely get the new drill bit advice given. Just curious otherwise how fragile is it overall? I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do one soon, just would like to know what I'm in for......thanks in advance.
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That is one fine knife
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:39 PM   #11
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I've had a few people ask me about making some with Mammoth tooth handles, but honestly, been scared of it because of the cost and potential money loss if they bust apart or something. So, how hard is it to work? Sanding, polishing, etc. I completely get the new drill bit advice given. Just curious otherwise how fragile is it overall? I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do one soon, just would like to know what I'm in for......thanks in advance.
Great question. Iíd start with a tusk outer bark piece to start. Itís the most stable to drill through. It also sands easier than the inner core and tooth pieces. None of them are hard to sand per se and you can rough shape on a sanding belt too. Make sure you have ventilation and a mask. Hope that helps somewhat.
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:45 PM   #12
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Beautiful knives, and the closeup pics really show your excellent craftsmanship. Very helpful info on working with mammoth tusk and tooth, thanks for sharing it.
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Great question. Iíd start with a tusk outer bark piece to start. Itís the most stable to drill through. It also sands easier than the inner core and tooth pieces. None of them are hard to sand per se and you can rough shape on a sanding belt too. Make sure you have ventilation and a mask. Hope that helps somewhat.
Thanks. Exactly what I needed.

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Beautiful knives, and the closeup pics really show your excellent craftsmanship. Very helpful info on working with mammoth tusk and tooth, thanks for sharing it.
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Thanks. Exactly what I needed.

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Old 07-01-2020, 08:09 AM   #15
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Thanks for the kind words guys!
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:13 AM   #16
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Beautiful!
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Old 07-01-2020, 01:13 PM   #17
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Nice work and thanks for the tips. Been thinking of blowing apart a case pocket knife and adding some mammoth scales. Should be doable for the average do it yourselfer right?
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Old 07-01-2020, 01:23 PM   #18
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Nice work and thanks for the tips. Been thinking of blowing apart a case pocket knife and adding some mammoth scales. Should be doable for the average do it yourselfer right?
Maybe? Haaa. Post up the pics when you finish!
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Old 07-01-2020, 02:58 PM   #19
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Maybe? Haaa. Post up the pics when you finish!
You don't seem optimistic...
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:17 PM   #20
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You don't seem optimistic...
No it should go pretty smoothly.
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Man those are really nice!!
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Old 07-01-2020, 06:55 PM   #22
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Man those are really nice!!
Thank you friend. Things have improved slowly over the years.
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Two more tusk pieces. Iím fond of the funky green and itís more of a surface piece to contrast the crosscut white one.
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Old 07-02-2020, 11:07 PM   #24
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that blue one is really beautiful.

Whenever I use mammoth tooth or mammoth ivory, I always glue a liner onto both sides of it. That's how I avoid blow out. Then, I can just grind the liner off the outside after I've attached it to the handle. It also helps to not use too much pressure. Just go slow and use a fresh bit, like you said.
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Old 07-04-2020, 07:26 PM   #25
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that blue one is really beautiful.

Whenever I use mammoth tooth or mammoth ivory, I always glue a liner onto both sides of it. That's how I avoid blow out. Then, I can just grind the liner off the outside after I've attached it to the handle. It also helps to not use too much pressure. Just go slow and use a fresh bit, like you said.
Thanks Sam. Yep, that would work too
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Old 07-09-2020, 07:48 PM   #26
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Boy that sure enough is a pretty knife. Great job LCS
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Boy that sure enough is a pretty knife. Great job LCS
Thank you most kind of sirs!
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:47 PM   #28
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Those look great but the one with bolsters is awesome. To each their own but something about bolsters just set a knife apart from one without.
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Those look great but the one with bolsters is awesome. To each their own but something about bolsters just set a knife apart from one without.
Iím a fan of that one too with the colors. Input a dovetail on those boosters as well. Appreciate the kind words.
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Those are absolutely beautiful Brian.
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Wow. Excellent work.
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Those are absolutely beautiful Brian.
Thanks man, really appreciate it!
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