Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts often choose to personalize a knife by making a new handle from a trophy animal part such as a deer hoof. While not to everyone's personal taste, deer hooves make a soft, comfortable knife handle that stays warm in cold weather. It is more ethical to use every part of the animal you kill.
Measure your current knife handle between the butt cap and blade guard. Use a hacksaw to cut your chosen deer leg to the length you need.
Use acetone and long pipe cleaners to remove all marrow from inside the bone. Repeat two to three times to ensure complete cleaning.
Use an electric drill and a bit whose diameter is the same as the width of your knife tang to auger out the bone as wide as possible without piercing it. Clean the inside of the bone again, using acetone and long pipe cleaners.
Use a right-angle grinder and a 24-grit wheel to grind your knife tang so that it will fit into the hollowed bone of the deer hoof.
Fill the inside of the bone with gray metal epoxy. Coat your knife tang with the same epoxy as well. Push your knife tang into the hollowed bone inside the hoof section. Allow the epoxy to cure for 24 hours before using your knife. According to custom knife maker Earl Blackmore of hellfire-forge.com, "...using epoxy to mount the handle...will strengthen it and seal the porous material inside the bone. Otherwise the interior of the bone can slowly break down with use, and your handle will loosen up."