Scrimshaw refers to artistic carvings, engravings, or scrollwork performed on pieces of bone, ivory, or a similar material. This type of artwork has its origins in the 18th century whaling industry, but it’s still a popular technique in knifemaking with bone or ivory handles. Jantz Supplies offers a selection of scrimshaw kits and supplies to help knifemakers of all backgrounds create beautiful, intricate designs in their handles. These include common scrimshaw supplies like pigments and inks. You can also find instructional books and videos to develop and hone your scrimshaw skills. Shop our complete array of leather and scrimshaw products to create a truly distinctive knife.