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Thread: Pens and knife handles from antler?

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    Pens and knife handles from antler?

    My youngest son called with a question for which I have no experience or knowledge. When someone makes a pen or knife handle from deer antler4, what is used to seal the antler or bone? What is used to polish it?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 10-27-2012 at 01:23 AM.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    There is no need to seal antler, it does fine on it's own, as far as polishing it, i have used Micromesh up to the 12000 grit, and I have also buffed it with white diamond polishing compound and a buffing wheel.

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    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Its been a long while... so insert a giant grain of salt.

    A little BLO or walnut oil or something similar won't hurt it and makes it easier to polish (while wet). I agree no need for a film finish unless its really porous (in which case you need to do something more complicated anyway..)

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    On pens where the antler is down so some marrow is showing I put a CA glue finish on them. Same method I use to apply it on wood pens. Always worked for me.
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    As mentioned elsewhere...CA is a standard finish of choice on Antler since it will still absorb dirt and oil. Polish is easy with MM and Hutts and/or buffing.
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