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The book’s detailed instructions concern collecting and preparing the material for the handle and sheath (e.g. the antler, the leather, the wood and the bark), then using the material to build your Antler knife handle and sheath the Scandinavian way. Most of the comprehensive and valuable instructions in this book concern the intricacies of working with antler, a subject in which the author has over 50 years of experience. Although Ulf uses reindeer antler for this knife, you can also use moose or caribou antler.
The sheath for this traditional Sami-style knife consists of two sections: the bottom part made of antler and the top part, of leather. The knife’s handle is made of hardwood with decorative plates of antler. The pommel and the band abutting the blade’s shoulder are also made of antler.
As Ulf points out, handles made solely of antler are very slippery and are also very cold. As attractive as it is, the knife you will construct is a functional Sami-style working knife for daily use and not an art knife, so it is essential that the handle is made to give you a good grip and does not employ too much antler in its construction. All this and more is explained in a step-by-step fashion with accompanying photos in this detailed and fascinating book.
Hardcover, 112 pages, 208 color photos and drawings, 10-in. x 7-in x .5-in.