Introduction, Mark Knapp

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  1. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    Hello, my name is Mark Knapp, I have been a knife maker and handle material supplier for 17 years. I went to full time knife making about eight years ago and am currently an ABS Journeyman Smith. I live in Alaska where I guide big game hunters and fisherman. From time to time I will post some things like mammoth ivory, fossil walrus ivory, musk ox horn and oosik in the "Supplies For Sale" sub-forum.

    Some us us have already met but I hope to get to know more of you.

    Mark
     
  2. J. Doyle

    J. Doyle Dealer - Purveyor

    Welcome Mark. Good to see you over here. It's a nice forum here.
     
  3. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    Thanks John, how you been?
     
  4. Rudy Joly

    Rudy Joly Well-Known Member

    Welcome Mark.
    Looking forward to sample your wares, you're work speaks for itself.


    Rudy
     
  5. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    Thanks bud
     
  6. Jim Moenck

    Jim Moenck Well-Known Member

    Welcome Mark, I look forward to getting to know you here and see some of your work. And some of that ivory.
     
  7. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    Thanks, I posted some ivory just a little bit ago. Thanks again, Mark
     
  8. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    Mark, you're just the guy I need to talk to. I haven't been able to find any direct answers on the web (maybe I'm not searching correctly). I had the idea to make some handles from bone such as whale bone. Is that legal? Is is something you offer?

    I'll definitely check out your site. I would like to expand my repertoire some with more exotic materials.
     
  9. Jim Moenck

    Jim Moenck Well-Known Member

    Wow! That is some beautiful ivory, especially the blue ivory.
     
  10. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    It is legal to use whale bone for knife handles but there are several stipulations. The whale needs to have died before the Marine Mammal Act of 1972, or it has to be what we call ancient bone. Also interstate sale of whale parts is not legal, so if you buy whale bone for a knife handle you have to buy it from within your state and anything you make from whale bone cannot be sold across state lines. For instance, you can't offer it for sale on the internet and send it to another state. A customer visiting from another state can buy it from you in Florida and bring it home.

    Other materials like fossil walrus ivory have other laws, they can be sold across state lines but any walrus parts (ivory, oosik and bone) sold have to predate the MMA of '72.

    Happy to answer any questions.
     
  11. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    Thanks Jim.
     
  12. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much for the reply. Well, I guess whale bone is off the list. I figured dead whales wash up on the beach and could be harvested. Guess not.
     
  13. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    If a whale washes up on the beach, you are allowed to "Beach comb" his bones. Then you are supposed to have the bones sealed by the NOAA. They are supposed to remain what they are forever. You can't make knives out of them. For those of you in walrus country, walrus regs are the same but the sealing is done by USF&W.
     
  14. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    Great info. Thank you, Mark.
     
  15. BossDog

    BossDog KnifeDogs.com & USAknifemaker.com Owner

    Hi Mark,
    Good to see you on here.
    t
     
  16. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    Thanks T
     
  17. CQbaum

    CQbaum Active Member

    Welcome Mark. Have looked at your website before and you do some beautiful work. No doubt at some time in the near future will be contacting you for some of that great ivory you have,

    Craig
    (former & times I wished I still was Eagle River AK resident)
     
  18. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    Thanks Craig
     
  19. C Craft

    C Craft Well-Known Member

    Welcome Mark Knapp! You won't know me but we have frequented some of the same forums and I have been following your impressive knife making for a while now! To me you name is synonymous with Alaska! Your knowledge of knife making and materials, will be much appreciated on this forum! I have seen some of the materials you have available at times and it is the kind of materials that are top notch!! Welcome!
     
  20. Mark Knapp

    Mark Knapp Dealer - Purveyor

    Thanks C, Pleased to meet you. Thanks for the really nice comments.
     

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