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For a local elk hunter
« on: November 09, 2022, 09:19:15 PM »
This Brow Tine model is handled in some elk antler from a local bow hunter’s elk taken on a previous trip to Colorado.  As a hunter and conservationist I think often about how blessed we are to live in a place endowed with such beauty from our Heavenly Father and how fortunate we are to have access to wild places and quality hunting opportunities.  No doubt there have been thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars in conservation efforts to have made it possible for these animals to still be around for us.  Then Steve will have spent a lifetime pursuing game and honing his skills as a woodsman to make harvesting the elk possible.  Steve then took great care to preserve every bit of his harvest so that I could use my aptitudes to craft a portion of this animal into a family heirloom for him.  When I was working on this knife and when I hold it, I see an awful lot more than a simple cutting tool.  I see a part of God’s expression of love through His beautiful creation, the legacy of mankind as it intertwines with nature through the pursuit of hunting, the companionship of a fellow sportsman and personal friendship with Dave who commissioned this piece from me for his Uncle Steve, and the community of my mentors in the craft which helped me hone the skills needed to finish the piece.  I am truly blessed to be a part of a few projects like these a year and I really enjoy them.  While my books are closed, if you have been following my work and are motivated by having a similar type of build made for you, please reach out to me.  I am both honored and humbled by this commissioned piece, which is allowing me to help turn memories into heirlooms.


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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2024, 07:45:10 AM »
That looks like a perfect little knife. Beautiful!  :thumbsup:
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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2024, 09:34:04 AM »
Thanks!
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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2024, 06:47:21 PM »
That's pretty nice. Did you make the sheath, too?
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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2024, 06:52:21 PM »
Indeed I did make the sheath. 100% of my work is done in house, by me. No outsourcing. No computers/CNC. No hired hand and me taking the credit. Polk Knives are and always will be a sole authorship product as that is very important to me as a craftsman.
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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2024, 03:04:01 PM »
That's a beauty! :thumbsup:
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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2024, 05:06:05 PM »
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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2024, 11:14:06 AM »
That is super nice work, brother! I love how you did that mosaic pin!

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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2024, 09:54:11 PM »
That is super nice work, brother! I love how you did that mosaic pin!

Thanks.  It takes a good bit of extra work to carve the hardware to match the bark texture of the antler and remain flush without grinding away the antler in the process but it results in a nice, clean look and you can't feel in the hand where the pin starts and the antler ends. 
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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2024, 09:58:14 PM »
I didn't notice the first time I looked at this how you made the pin match the texture of the handle. That is really impressive.
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Re: For a local elk hunter
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2024, 09:59:26 PM »
I didn't notice the first time I looked at this how you made the pin match the texture of the handle. That is really impressive.

It's subtle.  But the devil is, as they say, in the details
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