Distinguishing between different types of bone?

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  1. beoram

    beoram

    Nov 27, 2001
    Are there any good methods for distinguishing between different types of bone? (E.g. sheep vs deer vs whale etc.)

    (I have an old straight razor with bone scales, and I'm just curious if I could figure out what sort of bone they are.)
     
  2. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Yes...The sheep have this wooly stuff covering them and whales are wet. Deer bone is found below and behind the antlers.


    Seriously, density and shape are the main ways to tell older bones apart. That won't tell a wolf leg bone from a deer leg bone, or walrus from whale, without a lot of experience, but whalebone compared to deer should be obvious.

    99% or more of all bone scales on knives and razors are cow bone. ("Buffalo" bone is a type of bovine called water buffalo in Europe. Mozzarella cheese comes from this cow).
     

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