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    Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    I am in the process to make a knife for my father and I will use Deer Antler for the handle. I have never done this before so I would like to ask is there anything I should put on the Deer Antler to make it last?

    Thank You for any Help.

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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    I was told to use baby oil, when I picked up my stag handled baby at the Randall shop.

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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    Oil is OK, many makers hollow out the center and epoxy in the tang of the knife. Best wishes ol buddy.
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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    Baby Oil well that is a new one. I will give it a shot.

    And yes one would use Devcon Epoxy. I have read that is the only stuff to use.

    Thank You for all the info.

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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    Jester...A number of the arrowsmiths I know use what is called a Massey finish (after Jay Massey) on wood arrows.

    Take one part DEVCON 2 Ton epoxy and three parts acetone, mix, rub on handle with cloth (you only get one wipe here as it gets tacky QUICK)

    Two coats of that will make a finish that the cat can't scratch. Works on wood, bone, antler, etc.

    Store in a baby food jar, turned upside down after lid is tight, and it will keep for months. I have found wood arrows that spent several years outside with no ill effects after this treatment. Tough finish. Will stick over most oil based finish also (like Watco...nothing else sticks to Watco!)

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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    We have knife experts in the Industrial Partners Forums.. ask them
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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    Keep in mind that a fresh antler will srink a little as it cures and leave gaps between spacers and guards ect.
    I am working on a few myself and will try Coldfingers "Massey Finish"sounds good

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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    Sorry I didn't see this earlier.

    Don't put oil of any kind on antler, it'll soften it. I would not use the epoxy finish on any antler either. It works fine on wood, but you need to be able to sand it down and reapply as necessary or polish and buff it. It is always wavy after you apply it. I would not put it on antler where you have the exposed bark, it'll make it look crappy.

    Use a good clear wax to help protect it, such as neutral shoe wax or clear car wax.

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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    Quote Originally Posted by JesterGrin_1
    I am in the process to make a knife for my father and I will use Deer Antler for the handle. I have never done this before so I would like to ask is there anything I should put on the Deer Antler to make it last?

    Thank You for any Help.
    Think I would seal it with a satin polyurathane inside and out.
    Ray

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    Re: Deer Antler for Knife Handle. Do you oil them or what?

    Jester, I hope your project turned out good.

    I put an antler handle on a knife I made for my hunting partner 5 years ago.
    Didn't use anything on it to protect finish. Just clean the dirt & blood off it before it gets petrified.Still looks good as new. Antlers are tough.

    a little off topic
    for wood handles a "Massey" finish sounds interesting
    has anyone heard of using Super Glue as a finish on a wooden handle?
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