Scrimshaw

Tiger Pendant in Full Color Scrimshaw on Ivory (click to enlarge)

Shown below is a 38mm round (silver dollar size) pendant in estate elephant ivory with gold-filled findings, with scrim in full color.

This was another one of my early pieces. Please excuse the quality of this photo. I neglected to capture ...read the full post

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Cape Buffalo in Reverse Scrimshaw on Black Buffalo Horn (click to enlarge)

Below is a slab of black water buffalo horn showing a very dangerous customer waiting in the shadows.

The technique is reverse scrimshaw, which is much more time consuming than traditional scrimshaw, but the results are worth it. The play of ...read the full post

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Closeup of Leopard Color Scrimshaw on Ivory Hunter (click to enlarge)

Below is a hunting knife by Tommy McNabb of Carolina Custom Knives with estate elephant ivory handles and engraved bolsters.

The leopard in the tree was scrimmed in full color on one side; knife supplied by the maker.

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Tools Used in Scrimshaw

September 12, 2009

The most basic tools anyone needs for scrimshaw are a sharp needle and a rag–the needle for piercing or scratching the material to be scrimmed and the rag for rubbing away excess pigment.

Of course, you won’t get the best results ...read the full post

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DHT Innovations 1911 grips scrimmed with my Leaping Wolf design

I scrimmed these Model 1911 DHT Innovations durable resin grips grips with my most popular design (the leaping wolf) in 2009. Of course, this is reverse scrimshaw (white on black).

Price is $175.00 (includes insured US shipping). Grips have been ...read the full post

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Wolf and caribou reverse scrimmed on a matched set of 1911 grips

I scrimmed these grips as a matched set for a client who wanted them for a pair of 1911 handguns. I scrimmed them in reverse on black paper micarta grips. Each grip includes elements of the caribou and wolf. Both ...read the full post

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Nude on Bonded Ivory 1911 Grips

September 11, 2009

Nude on 1911 Bonded Ivory Grips

Another nude, this time on standard Colt 1911 bonded ivory grips.

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Dall Sheep Ram on Ken Steigerwalt Folder (open) (click to enlarge)

Below is a folding pocketknife with estate elephant ivory handles by Ken Steigerwalt. Scrim is in full color on both sides.

This knife won the Best Scrimshaw Award at the 1997 SouthEastern Custom Knife Show.

NOTE: Please excuse the quality of the ...read the full post

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Nude Scrimmed On Colt 1911 Officers Model Grips in Ivory

Below is a Colt Model 1911 Officers Model pistol grips in estate elephant ivory. I scrimmed this young lady au natural on the customer-supplied ivory grips.

Ivory grips can ...read the full post

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Chief Joseph Scrimmed on Ruger Single Six Grips

Below is a pair of Ruger revolver grips in bonded ivory (a mixure of powdered ivory and resin). These attractive grips were scrimmed ...read the full post

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Leaping Wolf 1911 Grips

Below is a pair of Colt Model 1911 pistol grips in genuine black water buffalo horn. These lustrous pistol grips were scrimmed in a technique called “reverse scrimshaw,” which is white on black.

The challenge of reverse scrimshaw is that you ...read the full post

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What Is Scrimshaw?

September 11, 2009

Scrimshaw is an ancient art form that has only recently realized its potential. Today’s scrimshanders (scrimshaw artists) have achieved beauty and detail unimagined by even the whalers of the nineteenth century.

Scrimshaw is the process of scratching or piercing a hard ...read the full post

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Materials Used In Scrimshaw

September 11, 2009

The base of any piece of scrimshaw should be a smooth, relatively hard material that is finished (polished) to a high degree. Traditionally, most scrimshaw was produced on teeth, tusks, antler, or bone.

Materials I will scrim