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Scrimshaw knives bring history and craftsmanship together, featuring intricate designs etched on natural materials like bone or ivory. This traditional art form creates patterns and imagery on knife handles that stand out, adding a unique layer of artistic expression to these practical tools. The scrimshaw process, done with care and precision, infuses each knife with a personal touch that reflects the skill and vision of the artisan
frequently asked questions

Scrimshaw crafted before 1989 (elephant) or before 1973 (sperm whale ivory, walrus ivory, etc.) is legal. It is prohibited after those years for commercial import in the USA. Ancient ivory, such as mammoth or fossilized walrus ivory, is unrestricted in sale or possession.

The origin of the word “scrimshaw” is somewhat obscure, but most researchers agree that it probably came from the Old Dutch word skrimshank which means “a waste of time” – as scrimshaw was enjoyed by seamen as the occupation to kill time.

The simplest way is to examine your scrimshaw with a magnifying glass. Plastic items will look completely smooth, while real bone will have a grain.

Scrimshaw Knives Collection

A scrimshaw knife is a handmade knife adorned with scrimshaw – a traditional folk art form in which fanciful designs are etched into mammoth or walrus tusk or bone, then colored with ink. Check out our scrimshaw knife selection for the very best in unique or custom, handmade items from Noblie shop.

Own a Piece of History: Custom Scrimshaw Knives

Each knife in this category is a piece of art, featuring unique designs created by skilled Scrimshanders. Ideal for collectors, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who appreciate the finer details in craftsmanship, our Scrimshaw Knives are a testament to tradition and quality. Explore our selection to find a knife that's not only functional but also a masterpiece in its own right.

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