1911 and Other Walrus Ivory Grips

            WALRUS IVORY IS FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International. 
Walrus ivory comes from Alaska, we use vintage (taken before 1972) white walrus ivory from tusks that we buy exclusively in the lower 48 states from previous owners or we buy ancient walrus ivory that is excavated in old village sites exclusively by Yupik Eskimo of St. Lawrence Island.  The ancient walrus ivory is hand dug during the short summer thaw and is one of the few ways of making money for these people that subsist by hunting and fishing. Ancient ivory has wonderful earth tone colors from centuries of burial.  Walrus ivory is unique, it has a core that resembles ivory burl and is very beautiful when exposed, it is an American ivory (unlike elephant).  Our supply of this material is very limited, both are rare.

To comply with state law we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses.

FIT:  Full size will fit most of the 1911 frames including; Springfield, Kimber, Smith and Wesson, Les Baer, Wilson, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Remington, Rock Island, Iver Johnson, Ithaca, Wilson, Dan Wesson, Essex Arms and others.  No fitting required with the right butt-cut, just take off your old grips and put ours on!  If you have an ambidextrous safety; this will require inletting on the back of the right panel, just check the ambi-box yes.

MAGWELL, STANDARD OR BOBTAIL
All Magwell grips can be turned into Standard or Bobtail grips and Standard grips can be turned into Bobtails (at no additional cost).

 

1911 Bone Pistol Grips

MAGWELL, STANDARD OR BOBTAIL
All Magwell grips can be turned into Standard or Bobtail grips and Standard grips can be turned into Bobtails (at no additional cost).
 

FIT:  Full size will fit most of the 1911 frames including; Colt, Springfield, Kimber, Smith and Wesson, Les Baer, Wilson, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Remington, Rock Island, Iver Johnson, Ithaca, Wilson, Dan Wesson, Essex Arms, Ruger and others.  Compact and Officers model grips are shorter  and fit a compact frame they will not fit a full size frame.  No fitting required with the right butt-cut, just take off your old grips and put ours on!  If you have an ambidextrous safety; this will require inletting on the back of the right panel, just check the ambi-box yes.

SLIMLINE OPTION:  We can modify most bone grips into slimline grips which requires the removal of bone from the top side, this will only change the look of the grips if there are nice cracks or texture that are occasionally seen on the full thickness grips. This surface character will be removed or diminished so slimming is not recommended for grips with surface character.  Slimline grips are only for guns with slimline bushings.

BONE:  
1911 Grips made from the shinbones of big old bulls. We make these grips here in house and each pair is unique and beautiful.  They will age very nicely, if you make a habit of rubbing your skin oil on them.

STELLER'S SEA COW & WALRUS OOSIK & JAWBONE:  Made from Extinct Steller Sea Cow, Walrus jaw bone and Oosik (walrus penile bone!) that were excavated from the ancient Yupik Eskimo village Kukuluk (coo coo' look) and traditional hunting camp sites (dating up to 6,000 years old) on St. Lawrence island in the Bering Sea.  Steller's Sea Cows  were “discovered” by Georg Steller in 1741 in the Bering Sea and were extinct by the 1770's.

1911 Mammoth Ivory Grips


Made from genuine mammoth or mastodon ivory from Alaska, the Yukon and Siberia (all legal to ship world wide with the exceptions of New York and New Jersey). This ivory is at least 10,000 years old, and we use only the best quality to insure that they are as tough as modern elephant ivory but with the magic that only extinct prehistoric furry elephant ivory has. To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

Full size, Standard and Commander model grips are approximately 3-1/16” between screws and will fit most of the 1911 frames including; Colt, Springfield, Kimber, Smith and Wesson, Les Baer, Wilson, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Remington, Rock Island, Iver Johnson, Ithaca, Wilson, Dan Wesson, Essex Arms, Ruger and others. 

Compact, Officers and Defender model grips are shorter, approximately 2-11/16” between screws and will fit most frames made by Colt and other manufacturers.

No fitting required with the right butt-cut, just take off your old grips and put ours on!  If you have an ambidextrous safety; this will require in-letting on the back of the right panel, just check the ambi-box yes.

MAGWELL, STANDARD OR BOBTAIL?
Magwell grips can be turned into Standard or Bobtail grips
and Standard grips can also be turned into Bobtails!

1911 Simulated Ivory Pistol Grips

We make genuine ivory grips and we offer these simulated ivory grips simply because they are the best simulated ivory grips on the market, even though they are not the most expensive.

FIT:  Full size will fit most of the 1911 frames including; Springfield, Kimber, Smith and Wesson, Les Baer, Wilson, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Remington, Rock Island, Iver Johnson, Ithaca, Wilson, Dan Wesson, Essex Arms and others.  No fitting required with the right butt-cut, just take off your old grips and put ours on!  If you have an ambidextrous safety; this will require inletting on the back of the right panel, just check the ambi-box yes.

1911 Wood Pistol Grips

FIT:  Full size will fit most of the 1911 frames including; Springfield, Kimber, Smith and Wesson, Les Baer, Wilson, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Remington, Rock Island, Iver Johnson, Ithaca, Wilson, Dan Wesson, Essex Arms and others.  No fitting required with the right butt-cut, just take off your old grips and put ours on!  If you have an ambidextrous safety; this will require inletting on the back of the right panel, just check the ambi-box yes.

 

Bone Handled Knives

KNIVES READY TO SCRIMSHAW
Superb quality 440 stainless steel and smooth white bone handled knives, letter openers and money clips for scrimshaw, carving or carrying as is.

 

Bone Pistol Grips

BONE:  1911 Grips made from the shinbones of big old bulls. We make these grips here in house and each pair is unique and beautiful.  They will age very nicely, if you make a habit of rubbing your skin oil on them.

STELLER'S SEA COW & WALRUS OOSIK & JAWBONE:  Made from Extinct Steller Sea Cow, Walrus jaw bone and Oosik that were excavated from the ancient Yupik Eskimo village Kukuluk (coo coo' look) and traditional hunting camp sites (dating up to 6,000 years old) on St. Lawrence island in the Bering Sea.  Steller's Sea Cow was “discovered” by Georg Steller in 1741 in the Bering Sea.

 

Carvings

Carvings

 WALRUS, NARWHAL, HIPPO and WART HOG IVORY are FOR U.S. Sales only! Only Mammoth ivory can be shipped Internationally.

Colt Simulated Ivory Pistol Grips

The look and feel of ivory grips at a fraction of the cost. These are tough grips that can be carved or scrimshawed and will acquire a patina with age. Far superior to other imitation ivory grips on the market, perfect for the gun owner that wants the look without the cost.  With or without medallions. 

All revolver grips come with screw and brass escutcheons.

 

Eskimo Artifacts

WALRUS IVORY IS FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International. 

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

Excavated from the ancient Yupik Eskimo village Kukuluk (coo coo' look) and traditional hunting camp sites (dating up to 10,000 years old) on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. From the west coast of the island the snow covered mountains of Siberia can be seen looming in the distance only 60 miles away.  Eskimo people known as Siberian Yupik have for over 5,000 years used ivory for their tools and utensils, it was easier to work than stone and wood is rare that far to the north.  Years of burial have given these intriguing ivory and bone pieces a deep rich color. These pieces were hidden from the world for centuries, when they were discarded in the village middens (dumps) along with tusks and bones of walrus, whales and seals. Only now are these ancient ivory and bone pieces being unearthed, excavated by the direct descendants of the older times Yupiks that worked it, leaving this treasure that became buried as a blessing for their great great grandchildren.

 

Featured in Our Curiosity Shop

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal  Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International.

Fossil Walrus Jewelry

This beautiful jewelry was handmade using prehistoric ivory excavated in Alaska. For over 5,000 years Eskimos in the coastal villages along the Bering Sea fashioned sled runners, net weights, chopping tools and other utensils out of readily available ivory. That ivory became hidden from the world for centuries, when it was discarded in the village middens (dumps) along with tusks and bones of walrus, whales and seals. Only now is that ancient ivory being unearthed. Excavated by the descendants of the primitive Eskimos that worked it. Minerals absorbed from the surrounding soil have given the buried ivory beautiful natural tones of cream, brown, blue, red, green and black. A color enhancing process is used to achieve some of the rarer and more spectacular colorations. Because this exquisite walrus ivory is thousand of years old, no animals were killed to collect it. Your purchase of this rare ivory helps support todays Alaskan Yupik Eskimos who earn a portion of their livelihood by digging for this precious organic gem material during the short summer thaw.
No Ivory Sales to NJ Sales!

 

Handle Materials

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal Ivory are for U.S. SALES ONLY!!!

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

For International sales - see our Mammoth Ivory and Bone Collection.

Hippo Ivory Tusks

Hippo Tusks are for U.S. SALES ONLY!!! 
For International sales - see our Mammoth Ivory and Bone Collection.

Hippo ivory is great for scrimshaw, knife handles and carving. Hippopotamus are dangerous animals and a serious problem in many parts of Africa, and account for more human deaths per year than crocodiles and poisonous snakes combined. Because of this populations are frequently thinned out through government culling operations. The meat, hides, and ivory are all kept and utilized, the hippo ivory we sell comes from Tanzanian government sanctioned culling operations.

Contrary to popular belief hippo tusks are ivory and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some have a tough enamel which is so hard it will spark on a bandsaw blade and ruin it in seconds. We can polish a window on any of these for scrimshaw or display.

Ivory Blanks, Cabochons and other Findings

The domed "cabs" (as we call them) look exceptionally fine in a setting and are well worth the extra money, we highly recommend them. Both the cabs/blanks are approximately 1/8" thick, polished to a glassy finish and ready for scrimshaw. Pieces shown are creamy mammoth, if you require dark fossil ivories please inquire, we may have darker mammoth on request.  All cab and blank sizes are given in millimeters; 25mm equals an inch.

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

 

Ivory Handled Knives

Mammoth & Mastodon Ivory Handled Knives:  Made from genuine woolly mammoth and mastodon ivory from Alaska, the Yukon and Siberia (all legal to ship world wide with the exceptions of New York and New Jersey). This ivory is at least 10,000 years old, and we use only the best quality to insure that they are as tough as modern elephant ivory but with the magic that only extinct prehistoric furry elephant ivory has, talk about a talisman! 

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

 

Ivory Pistol Grips

WALRUS IVORY and OOSIK grips are for U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  
See Mammoth Ivory for International orders. 

Mammoth & Mastodon Ivory Pistol Grips: Made from genuine woolly mammoth and mastodon ivory from Alaska, the Yukon and Siberia (all legal to ship world wide with the exceptions of New York and New Jersey). This ivory is at least 10,000 years old, and we use only the best quality to insure that they are as tough as modern elephant ivory but with the magic that only extinct prehistoric furry elephant ivory has, talk about a talisman! We mostly show the 1911 - 45 auto style grips, but we also make revolver grips and other auto grips, please inquire. We make grips from the interior ivory with varying amounts of color and grain, and we make grips from the outer bark layer where the color and texture range from brown to blue green.

Walrus Ivory Grips: Handmade from our very limited stock of vintage ivory tusks from walrus that died before 1972.  This ivory predates the Marine Mammal Protection Act and is legal for non-natives (us) to work with.  We buy this ivory when available from individuals, aging collectors and inheritors in the lower 48 states, one or two tusks at a time; it does not come from Alaska. 

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

 

Knives

Knives, letter openers and money clips for scrimshaw made from Genuine Mammoth Ivory, Steller's Sea Cow Bone and others with bone or antler handles.

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal  Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International.

Mammoth Ivory and Bone

We offer genuine mammoth tusks, chunks and pieces of the prehistoric ivory and bone from Alaska, the Yukon and Siberia. This ivory is at least 10,000 years old and could easily be older. To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory to New York addresses.

 

Mammoth Ivory Beads

Exquisite polished beads and clasps made from richly grained prehistoric woolly mammoth ivory tens of thousands of years old.  Mammoth beads have a creamy natural ivory color with variations that are caused by mineral absorption from millennia of burial in the tundra soil. 

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

 

Mammoth Ivory Jewelry

These very unique jewelry pieces are made from genuine mammoth and mastodon ivory from Alaska, Canada and Siberia, how cool is that!

About 10,000 years old, burial in wet soil and gravel has given the ivory unique coloring from mineral absorption.  To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

 

 

Miscellaneous

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal  Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International.

Narwhal Ivory

Narwhal Ivory is for U.S. SALES ONLY!!! 
For International sales - see our Mammoth Ivory and Bone Collection.

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

Narwhals, the mysterious unicorns of the sea, live in the Arctic Ocean and grow to about 18' (not including the tusk). The males grow an elongated tooth that spirals out clockwise to form a tusk reaching 9' in length. This ivory tusk has been attributed with the creation of the unicorn legends. The tusks have a small hollow that runs nearly the full length, the ivory has no grain or core like elephant, mammoth or walrus but looks more like sperm whale ivory with a pencil sized hollow. Narwhals have been a protected species since 1972 and importation is prohibited. We have a selection of old tusks for sale that were imported in the mid-1900s and are legal to sell anywhere in the U.S. (with the exception of New Jersey). These are extremely rare if you can find one. Now is your opportunity to own the rarest, most mysterious, unique and beautiful of the ivories and at a reasonable price. We can make a wood base of beautiful maple burl or you can stand it in a corner without a base or hang it on the wall. Call for current Narwhal tusk selection. 

Click here to see our Narwhal Jewelry Collection.

 

Narwhal Ivory Jewelry

 

NARWHAL IVORY IS FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International.

Narwhals, the mysterious unicorns of the sea, live in the Arctic Ocean and grow to about 18' (not including the tusk). The males grow an elongated tooth that spirals out clockwise to form a tusk reaching 9' in length. This ivory tusk has been attributed with the creation of the unicorn legends. Narwhals have been a protected species since 1972 and importation is prohibited. We have narwhal ivory pieces and tusks for sale that were imported in the mid-1900s and are legal to sell anywhere in the U.S. (with the exception of New Jersey).   See Raw Materials for other pieces.

Other Simulated Ivory Pistol Grips

Far superior to other imitation ivory grips on the market, perfect for the gun owner that wants the look and feel of ivory at a fraction of the cost.

 

Pistol Grips

Pistol Grips

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog, and Narwhal Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International.  

Polar Bear Fur

POLAR BEAR Fur for U.S. SALES ONLY!!

Pre 1972 Polar Bear Fur for fly fishing lures, 
legendary in the fly-tying world and there is no substitute!

 If you would like to order fur in a particular configuration for a specific use you have. Then please call or email when you order with those instructions and we will cut your order as specified.

 

Raw Materials

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal Ivory are for U.S. SALES ONLY!!!
For International sales - see our Mammoth Ivory and Bone Collection.
To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

Ruger Pistol Grips

The look and feel of ivory grips at a fraction of the cost and without the wait. These grips can be carved or scrimshawed and will acquire a patina with age. Far superior to other imitation ivory grips on the market, perfect for the gun owner that wants the look without the cost.

A commonly asked question: If you have a newer model, you may require the Blackhawk grip (confusing, I know). You need to remove the grips and see if the frame is stamped "RED" or XR3. If it is, then order the Blackhawk grips for your Super Blackhawk.

Ruger Simulated Ivory Pistol Grips

The look and feel of ivory grips at a fraction of the cost and without the wait. These grips can be carved or scrimshawed and will acquire a patina with age. Far superior to other imitation ivory grips on the market, perfect for the gun owner that wants the look without the cost.  All revolver grips come with screw and brass escutcheons.

A commonly asked question: If you have a newer model, you may require the Blackhawk grip (confusing, I know). You need to remove the grips and see if the frame is stamped "RED" or XR3. If it is, then order the Blackhawk grips for your Super Blackhawk.

 

Sale Items

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal  Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!! No NJ SALES.  Order Mammoth Ivory for International.

Scrimshaw Art

Generally acknowledged as the only original American art form, scrimshaw as we know it was born during the golden age of whaling during the 18th century. Whalers had an abundance of ivory teeth taken from the Sperm whale, which they hunted for its oil. The whalers also had an abundance of idle time on board ship and out of it developed an art form in which a jack knife, sharpened nail or canvas needle was used to scratch a design on the polished surface of an ivory whale's tooth. The most common subject matters included ships, whaling scenes, and the girl at home. The white scratched design was rubbed with lamp black, squid ink (sepia) or India ink; the ink was then wiped off and only the scratches held the ink this greatly contrasted with the white polished ivory.     

From these crude beginnings scrimshaw has evolved into a fine art form with colored inks now being used and photographic quality work possible with the use of magnifiers. Scrimshaw on ivory is unique as an art form in that the artwork is done on a rare and inherently beautiful "canvas" that is itself appreciating in value!

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  

Scrimshaw Supplies

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal  Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International.

Simulated Ivory Pistol Grips

The look and feel of ivory grips at a fraction of the cost and without the wait. These grips can be carved or scrimshawed and will acquire a patina with age. Far superior to other imitation ivory grips on the market, perfect for the gun owner that wants the look without the cost.

 

Smith & Wesson Simulated Ivory Pistol Grips

The look and feel of ivory grips at a fraction of the cost. These grips can be carved or scrimshawed and will acquire a patina with age. Far superior to other imitation ivory grips on the market, perfect for the gun owner that wants the look without the cost. With or without medallions.

All revolver grips come with screw and brass escutcheons.

 

Sperm Whale Teeth

WASHINGTON STATE SALES ONLY!

We have a small quantity of nice quality natural pre 1972 vintage teeth and pieces, purchased from the estate of the Kenneth Fujioka the 1950’s era shop foreman at the now defunct J. L. Houston Company of Seattle that imported tons of ivory for manufacturing their extensive line of whale ivory jewelry and carvings during the 1950’s-1970’s. These are for sale in Washington State only and cannot be sold or shipped in interstate commerce. There are two ways to buy these: #1-if you live in Washington State you can call for the price and we will email you images and you can order over the phone or #2 you can buy them in our store. If you don’t live in Washington State please don’t inquire about buying this, please don’t call from out of state and ask what the price is or if we can ship to someone you know in Washington State or email you images. We only quote prices, email images and sell them on location or ship to people who live in Washington State. If you live in Washington State you can call and order them over the phone if your credit card billing address is also a Washington State address.

 

Stellers Sea Cow Bone

Sea Cow

 

                             

The Curiosity Shop

 

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog and Narwhal  Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International. 
To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

 

Trade Beads Antique & Vintage

Please check back, we are listing new items daily.

Most of the beautiful glass beads that were used in the fur trade with the American Indians originated in the glass factories of Murano, Venice. The same beads were traded in Africa, Asia, S. America and around the world for gold, ivory, tea, opium, etc.

Beads have been made for thousands of years, they were originally hung on a cord to count prayers and gradually became a symbol of prayers. The word "bead" is actually derived from the Middle English word "bede", meaning prayer. Beads were used by the ancient Egyptians as decorations and as prayers when they were put on their mummies and mummy cases. They have been found in burials of many cultures: American Indian, Saxon and the Roman catacombs to name just a few. Most of the beautiful glass beads that were used in the fur trade with the American Indians originated in the glass factories of Murano, Venice. The same beads were traded in Africa, Asia, S. America and around the world for gold, ivory, tea, opium, etc.

 

Walrus Baculum Oosik Penile Bone

Excavated from the ancient Yupik Eskimo village Kukuluk (coo coo' look) and traditional hunting camp sites (dating up to 10,000 years old) on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.  Oosik (pronounced "oo' sik") is the Eskimo word for the walrus penile bone (baculum).  Years of burial have given the bone a range in color from rich brown to creamy eggshell.   This unique dense bone is perfect for jewelry, carving, knife handles or collecting.

Ode to an Oosik

Walrus, Hippo, Wart Hog, Oosik and Narwhal Ivory are FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!! 
Order Mammoth Ivory for International.  

 

Walrus Ivory

Walrus Ivory is for U.S. SALES ONLY!!! 
For International sales - see our Mammoth Ivory and Bone Collection.

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses and no mammoth ivory (only walrus ivory) to New York addresses.

Represented here is verified pre-1972 white walrus ivory, dug up brown "fossil" ivory and Alaska native scrimshawed or carved ivory all of which is exempt from the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act regulations.   The excavated ivory we have is from the ancient Yupik Eskimo village Kukuluk (coo coo' look) and traditional hunting camp sites (dating up to 10,000 years old) on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. From the west coast of the island the snow covered mountains of Siberia can be seen looming in the distance only 60 miles away.  Eskimo people known as Siberian Yupik have for over 5,000 years used ivory for their tools and utensils, it was easier to work than stone and wood is rare that far to the north.  Years of burial have given these intriguing ivory and bone pieces a deep rich color. These pieces were hidden from the world for centuries, when they were discarded in the village middens (dumps) along with tusks and bones of walrus, whales and seals. Only now are these ancient ivory and bone pieces being unearthed, excavated by the direct descendants of the older times Yupiks that worked it, leaving this treasure that became buried as a blessing for their great great grandchildren.

 

Walrus Masks

 

WALRUS IVORY IS FOR U.S. SALES ONLY!!!  Order Mammoth Ivory for International.

All walrus masks and skulls we sell with artwork are from the 1980's (or older) and masks without artwork are from before 1972 and are always purchased in the lower 48 from previous owners. We do not buy any of these in Alaska where walrus are still being hunted for food only by Alaskan natives and that ivory is still legally being carved and sold. No one is hunting walrus this century to supply us with these, they are all vintage and “recycled”.

To comply with state laws we no longer ship any ivory to New Jersey addresses.

Warthog Tusks

This is the very end of our warthog tusk stock.  As pictured these tusks have some cracks, chips and other imperfections. They will all sand and polish up nicely for jewelry or scrimshaw. Ships free for U. S. SALES ONLY! The pencil numbers are old weight markers only.

 

Wild Boar Tusks

Clean and nicely curved these ivory tusks are great for scrimshaw, letter openers or jewelry (measured around the outside curve).  These tusks are very hollow with thin walls, not the type that are solid and suitable for cutting or carving.  Filling with epoxy may protect them from cracking with age.