create an integral drop-point hunter with split antler handle.
salvaging, concept, forging, shaping, tempering, finishing, tanning, leatherwork
this blade was ground and forged from a piece of diamond-toothed circular concrete saw blade.
the hammer finished surface of the blade is blued to a rich grey black in contrast to the white weathered antler.
the shape is a slightly swept-back drop point hunter/skinner hybrid and the back of the tang is fileworked.
it was finished with a split and partially smoothed elk antler handle pinned with brass tube and a hand-stitched leather sheath.
the cream-colored leather trim is deer hide that i hand tanned in the traditional native way as part of an art/craft experiment in a high-school independent art study project.