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Note: I only make one-of-a-kind items. No two pieces are identical. I can custom make a piece for you from a drawing, a book or originals, museum piece or a variation of a piece on my site. I may be reached via email at toddbitler@yahoo.com.


Bone Handled Dagger Octagonal Bone Handled Dagger

A classic frontier style dagger
  • Hand forged blade made from a file
  • The handle of this dagger is hand filed in a tapered octagonal shape from a leg bone
  • The blade has a through tang and the handle is held to the blade with an iron octaognal endcap
  • The crossguard is hammered from iron and ends with two small flattened round finials
  • Behind the crossguard is a sheet brass band that protects the handle from the guard
  • Blade is tapered and very sturdy and retains the original marks of the file
  • This dagger has great balance and holds extrememly well (not blade or handle heavy)
  • Handle retains a mellow aged look
  • Blade is aged and stamped with touchmark
$850

Heart Quilled Neck Knife Sheath by Mike Taylor with Scalp Knife by Todd Bitler

Sheath:
  • 1770s Eastern Great Lakes sheath similar to one in the Warnock Collection
  • An exceptional quilled sheath hane made by Mike Taylor
  • Some of the quill techniques include single quill zigzag, single line technique, and single line edge beading
  • The quills used in this sheath consist of naturally dyed red, yellow, black and undyed porcupine quills
  • Lining the pocket that holds the knife are two birch bark slats like many of the originals
  • This sheath is made with natural dyed blackish-brown smoked braintanned deer hide
  • Hand rolled brass cones contain red dyed deer hair and hung with #8 white trade beads
Wood Handled Scalp Knife by Todd Bitler
  • Hand forged knife with an upsweep curving blade from high carbon steel
  • Blade has a short tang and is slid into the wood handle and attached with copper pins
  • The blade is very thin and sharp and balances well in the sheath; blade stamped with my touchmark
  • Handle is made from a piece of figured locust wood and the end is carved to resemble the knuckle of a deer leg bone
  • Knife custom made to fit this sheath
  • The knife has been aged to resemble a well-used original
This is a set however, the sheath alone or the knife alone may be purchased

Set Price: $1450

Sheath Price Alone: $975

Knife Price Alone: $550

Scalp Knife Octagonal Handled Scalp Knife
  • Hand forged blade with classic trade knife shape
  • Handle is hand made from osage orange into a octagonal shape ending in two wedding bands
  • Handle has been notched and blade slid into handle and held in place with two copper pins
  • Blade is very thin and tapers from the back to the tip which makes for a well balanced knife (not blade heavy or handle heavy)
  • Handle has beeen stained dark and highlighted with wear patterns
  • Blade is aged and stamped with touchmark
$575

Octagonal Wood Handled Dagger with Wooden Sheath
Octagonal Wood Handled Dagger with Wooden Sheath
  • Hand forged blade made to resemble one salvaged from a broken small sword tip
  • The blade has a hammered medial ridge that runs the entire length; it also has a through tang and a brass octagonal endcap
  • The crossguard is hammered from iron and ends with two small flattened round finials
  • Behind the crossguard is an iron band that protects the handle from the guard
  • Blade is tapered and thin and is sturdy with good flex in the tip
  • This dagger has great balance and holds extrememly well (not blade or handle heavy)
  • The blade has knicks and dings to resemble its wear of being used as a frontier knife
  • Blade is aged and stamped with touchmark
  • Sheath is made from pine with a brass endcap and a brass entry guard
  • On the entry guard is a brass belt clip with a shell design soldered to the cap
  • Both brass guards are scalloped and inletted into the wood
  • On the wood are several totems; one depicting a thunderbird with a heartline; the other figure is a turtle depicting a clan animal. On each side of the belt clip are incized carved figures representing kills or a kill record and captives taken by the owner of the knife.
  • My interpretation of this knife and sheath is a battle trophy taken from a rifleman or possibly a market hunter redecorated by its new native owner.
  • Touchmark is encased in a diamond shaped piece of brass soldered to the back of the brass entry guard
SOLD

Lenape (Delaware) Quilled Neck Knife Sheath by Mike Taylor with Scalp Knife by Todd Bitler

Sheath:
  • This is replica of a 1760s sheath featured in William C. Orchard's book THE TECHNIQUE OF PORCUPINE QUILL DECORATION AMONG THE INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA
  • This ornate sheath has several different quill techniques which include single quill zigzag, two quill zigzag, single line technique, and single line edge beading
  • Bordering the outline of the sheath are #8 white trade beads
  • Quill colors used in this sheath consist of naturally dyed red, yellow, black and natural porcupine quills; Natives were experts at finding natural dyes from plant matter and different barks and using natural mordants to obtain these vibrant colors
  • This sheath is made with natural dyed blackish-brown smoked braintanned deer hide
  • The pocket that holds the knife is lined with birch bark as many originals were
  • The naturally dyed red deer hair fill the hand rolled brass cones and are topped off with #8 white trade beads
Wood Handled Scalp Knife With Four Pointed Brass Star by Todd Bitler
  • Hand forged knife with a long thin blade that resembles a table knife
  • Blade is thin and tapers from the back to the point and retains good flex and a razor sharp edge
  • Tang of the blade is notched into the front of the handle and secured with copper pins
  • Handle is made from osage orange and swells on the end where a brass four pointed star is inletted
  • The brass star in stamped with my touchmark as seen in the photo
  • Knife is thin yet balanced and goes well with this long sheath
  • Knife custom made to fit this sheath
  • The knife has been aged to resemble a well-used original
SET SOLD

If you like this sheath and/or knife, please contact me and we can custom make a similar piece for you.

Eastern Woodlands Effigy Quilled Neck Knife Sheath by Mike Taylor with Scalp Knife by Todd Bitler

Sheath:
  • An eighteenth century Eastern sheath with a human face effigy on the upper back panel
  • This sheath was hand made from natural dyed braintanned deer hide and deer leg skin with hair attached
  • The sheath has an effigy face representing a spirit quilled with single line technique
  • Directly below where the knife enters the sheath is a small flap that is quilled using two quill zigzag and single line technique
  • On the outside of this single flap are hand rolled brass cones filled with red dyed deer hair and finished off with #8 white trade beads
  • The pocket that holds the knife is lined with birch bark as seen on many originals
  • Bordering the outline of the sheath are #8 white trade beads while the front of the sheath with the deer leg hair was left unquilled for a simple yet elegant sheath
  • Quill colors used in this sheath consist of naturally dyed red, yellow, black and natural porcupine quills; Natives were experts at finding natural dyes from plant matter and different barks and using natural mordants to achieve these vibrant colors
Octagonal Deer Leg Bone Scalp Knife With Copper Wire Wrap by Todd Bitler
  • Hand forged long thin blade with a fine sweeping point
  • The tang of this blade slides into a notch cut into the deer leg bone and held with two copper pins and wrapped with copper wire
  • The bone handle has been filed into a tapering octagonal shape which retains small stress cracks and great patina and character
  • The blade being thin and long balances out the weight of the deer bone that results in a great well balanced knife (not blade or handle heavy)
  • The knife blade has been stamped with my touchmark and aged
  • Knife custom made to fit this sheath
SET SOLD

If you like this sheath and/or knife, please contact me and we can custom make a similar piece for you.



Scalp Knife
Split Deer Tine Scalp Knife
  • Hand forged high carbon steel blade
  • Split tine antler handle wrapped with sheet tin and held in place with brass pins
  • Hand poured pewter ferule
  • Aged and stressed
SOLD

If you like this style, please contact me and I can custom make a similar piece for you.

Bone Scalp Knife Turkey Bone Scalp Knife
  • Hand forged high carbon steel blade from a file; file marks exposed for authenticity
  • Turkey thigh-bone handle
  • Copper scalloped ferrule and rivit
SOLD

If you like this style, please contact me and I can custom make a similar piece for you.

Indian Knife Small Indian Knife
  • Hand forged high carbon steel blade
  • Brass ferrule backed by copper wire
  • Antler handle held with a copper pin
SOLD

If you like this style, please contact me and I can custom make a similar piece for you.



Indian Effigy Knife
Human Effigy Indian Knife
  • Hand forged high carbon steel skinner blade
  • Hand-filed antler handle ending with a human head effigy
  • Underside of knob displays a "sun" motif (not shown in pictures)
  • Copper wire wrap
SOLD

If you like this style, please contact me and I can custom make a similar piece for you.

Belt Knife Belt Knife
  • Hand forged high carbon steel blade
  • Antler handle with pewter ferule and double bands
  • Double copper rivits
SOLD

If you like this style, please contact me and I can custom make a similar piece for you.


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