NOTICE OF RETIREMENT: As of 2021, I am no longer taking orders for new custom knives or custom knife repair and conversions. For those of you who would still like one of my custom knives, I do have a few "On Hand", that can be shipped out ASAP. You should find the info and photos of them under the "Knives For Sale" section.  These remaining knives will be discounted by 30%, until they are all gone.
Thank you for your support over the years.  - Jay Maines

Handle Inlays

A dramatic look can be added to your new or old knife with the addition of an inlay. The possibilities are forever endless limited only by your own imagination.

Stag crown antler makes a beautiful knife handle. It’s bare bone, butt end, is the perfect place to inlay a round coin, award medallion, military crest or compass. The long sides of the handle area lend themselves to even more opportunities. Round, oval and oblong pieces of ivory, scrimshaw, brass or nickel silver name plates, all work well in this area. Either on one side or both. Average labor charges are $35.00 per inlay, plus the cost of the item being used.

Just a few possibilities:

* Texas Ranger, silver star; minted from U.S. silver dollar @ $30.00

* Name plate, brass @ $30.00, nickel silver @$40.00

* Ivory – ovals, rounds or oblongs, price quote

* Gold or Silver Dollars, price quote

* Compass @ $25.00

* Ammonite Fossil @ $85.00

* Polished, semi-precious stone – Lapis, Jade, Tiger’s-Eye, Malachite, Black Onyx @ $50.00

* Black or Gold Lip, Mother of Pearl @ $75.00 per piece.

* Military Service Crests, medallions and award pins, (customer provided)

* Sterling Silver, Celtic knot button, 1″ Round @ $40.00

handle-inlays-elkMany elk hunters harvest the two ivory molars from their trophies. Here the hunter asked for them to be inlayed in the handle. One on each side of his German-made Bowie knife.


This handle section on a Texas Bowie, has a nickel silver guard and pommel cap, framed with red spacers. The jet black, ebony wood has an inlay on both sides of gold lipped, Mother of Pearl. The iridescent color on this pearl is absolutely incredible. Cost for this inlay project, material and labor on both sides. $140.00

gold mother of pearl

The butt end of a crown stag antler handle, on a Texas Ranger Saddle Bowie. This beautiful piece of work by Mother Nature, is a 65 million year old, ammonite fossil. Its earthy colors matches perfectly with the surrounding stag. Cost for this project, fossil and labor. $105.00


A fancy model of a Hunter’s Bowie, with a crown stag handle. The rich colors of polished jasper, inlaid into the butt end, is framed with twisted gold wire. Cost for the stone and labor only $55.00


This vivid, dark blue, oval “lapis lazuli” gemstone measures 30 x 22 mm. Inlaid into the butt of a Hunter’s Bowie. It matches perfectly with the handle’s royal blue spacers.

lapis lazuli

A U.S. Navy Submariner’s Service insignia inlaid into the cocobolo wood handle of a Texas Ranger Saddle Bowie. Also, his service crest has been added to the deluxe sheath.

us navy

A red laced agate. Beautifully polished and inlaid in a sambar stag crown antler handle. it was chosen to match the red spacers in the handle.



A silver commemorative coin, struck for the Louisiana Historical Society to honor the 1803 Louisiana Purchase was inlaid in the butt of a sambar stag crown antler handle.


A simple but elegant one-inch round sterling silver Celtic knot – inlaid in a coffin-shaped handle of bocote wood.