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How to stabilize a mammoth tusk?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Aglifter, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Aglifter


    Jan 13, 2007
    A friend found, what she was told, was a mammoth tusk when a road was cut into her ranch.

    Any ideas on how to preserve it?
  2. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I suspect it may be of great value to various museum-type folks; paleontologists. I wouldn't try to do anything with it. If it's really mammoth and in decent condition, it likely is worth a bundle. Watch out for thieves...even the legal ones.
  3. gadunz


    Dec 4, 2012
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  4. TriviaMonster


    Jan 2, 2012
    Stole the words right out of my mouth. ;)

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