Aug 11 2007

Small and Simple Antler Comb

Published by at 2:03 pm under Animal Materials

Start by scoring and breaking off a palm of antler. The antler in question here is reindeer/caribou antler. As usual, use hot water when working antler.

Score or scrape along the edges so you can split the piece with a wedge. My split wasn’t totally successful, but I actually think the result got better because it ran off. It gave a stronger handle.

Start scoring the teeth.

The teeth should be rombic in cross section and of course have a little spacing in between. This you can achieve by scoring, splitting and abrading with a rough piece of quartzite between the teeth.

The handle was engraved with a stone flake. Take several turns, score first superficially, then deepen the grooves. The grooves can be highlighted with a mixture of charcoal and wax (best in my opinion) or charcoal and fat.


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2 Responses to “Small and Simple Antler Comb”

  1. Anonymouson 23 Aug 2007 at 3:26 am

    Is there a market anywhere for something like this? I saw similar items for sale at a primitive trade show. Not for me, but for you to sell? ~Survival Acres~

  2. torjusgaarenon 23 Aug 2007 at 4:35 pm


    I could probably sell them at viking or medieval gatherings. Not so many (as in none) primitive gatherings in Norway.

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