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Who makes fixed blades with stag?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by J_mcrane, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. J_mcrane


    Dec 7, 2013
    Hello BF,

    I’m looking for my next “last knife”. I’m searching for a fixed blade with stag handles. I’ve searched the usual online places. But, other than Grohmann and Bark river, who else does production runs using stag? I’m hunting a respectable blade over 3.5 and under 5.75. Nothing specific other than tickles my fancy.

  2. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Spend some time in our custom makers forum. Careful spending too much time there...you might find several of your last knife.

    Last edited: Aug 18, 2019
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  3. JDRanger

    JDRanger Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    Bear and Sons
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  4. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Silver Stag Knives are worth a look.
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  5. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Randall does.


    The smaller model 21 Little Game I got for getting my Journeyman license the model 19 Bushmaster was my reward for getting my Masters.

    Bought a year apart. And look like a matching set.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2019
  6. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
  7. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Buck makes some 807E45C4-462C-4F56-8D98-447626D32035.jpeg
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  8. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Crown stag Buck 119 38B69451-AB09-43B5-A1E1-9CCEF1BA3A46.jpeg
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  9. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    The trouble with Buck. Is sometimes they say Sambar Stag, Stag, Elk, or Elk Stag. It’s hard to tell if you are getting real Sambar Stag. With the pommels you don’t see the core. But some I’ve seen had the pith showing on the sides.

    The Randalls have exposed ends and very dense cores with little pith. I have no doubt they are Sambar Stag.

  10. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    These Buck 212’s are pretty sweat.
  11. fishface5


    Feb 3, 2001
    Go to the link in post 2, do a search on "Dan Graves" and bring a hanky
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  12. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I know there are some Knives of Alaska have some stag, maybe a special run of their most popular patterns. +1 on Silver Stag. Muela used to have a few, and Boker's Arbolito brand.
  13. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    I have used tons of Sambar and tons of elk. Those two Randalls with almost no pith that my friend @eveled shows above are excellent examples of why Sambar use to be so desired. It has almost no pith. However, finding pieces like that now is almost impossible. The Sambar have been interbreeding with other deer and have lost a lot of that solidness to the cross section of their antler. Some of the last Sambar I bought years ago was really looking like elk or other antler on cross section. On top of that with India's ban on exporting sheds we get the dregs and the pass overs from the last time they lifted the ban. I switched to elk because I could be more selective over the pieces I used. Processed correctly and used on full tang knives, without a DNA test ya can't tell the difference, I know I can't.

    Elk sheds:


    This is a cross section of elk:


    Since I only make full tang knives I cut off the solid sides into scales, leaving a core of pith that is tossed:


    After lots of sanding the scales are soaked in a solution of potassium pomegranate. This is a dye and disinfectant. Sambar goes through this same process.


    Couple quick coats of a clear coat after drying and the scales are ready to use:



    OP I don't make very many knives in your size range. Most of mine are much smaller and compact than you are talking about. I do use a lot of elk these days and not much Sambar anymore. One of the following knives is Sambar the others are elk. Which is which? Quien sabe?







    Anyhoo just a few thoughts.
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  14. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Great post Horsewright. Thanks for the insight. Your work is beautiful!

    I guess the OP’s first decision is if he wants stag slabs or in the round.

    I’m disappointed this thread didn’t drag out more pictures.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2019
  15. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Do yourself a favor and lookup Dan Graves, knifemaker in Shreveport Louisisna. I have one of his fine knives and have been to his shop, you won’t be disappointed.
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  16. Tim.E

    Tim.E Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 7, 2019
    You could do worse than have a look at Treeman for good stag, here are w of mine with virtually full stag handles, I have 10 altogether (mostly crown stag) and it's all very solid no pith to be seen anywhere.
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  17. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Horsewright, now you are talking!! Nice. I really like that Sonoran belt knife.
    And I almost forgot about Dan Graves.
  18. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
  19. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks, ya bet.


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