Bear & Son Scrimshaw Lockback Knife Kit

Dive into a long-lost tradition.

They just don't scrimshaw like they used to, and that, in part, is because a lot of people don't know what scrimshaw is. Dating back to the late 1700s, scrimshawing is an early American art form from the whaling industry, where sailors scratched into whale bone or teeth with a knife, and then rubbed tobacco juice or old blackened lamp oil into the lines to reveal the drawing. But just because you're at a kitchen table safely indoors and have never killed a whale in your life doesn't mean you can't become a scrimshawin' son of a gun just like your frontiersman forefathers. This kit from Mollyjogger is a perfect introduction to the art, including everything you'll need to try your hand at this classic American tradition.

  • Bear & Son lockback knife (3.5" closed length, stainless steel drop point blade, smooth natural bone handle with nickel bolsters)
  • Includes hardened steel scribe, all-surface pencil, half dram of India ink, bamboo tracing tool, carbon paper, fine steel wool, ink applicators, and step-by-step instructions-and-sample graphics
  • Completed Dog and Fishing Fly designs shown as examples only (not included)
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