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American Bison Horn

4.55 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)


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American BisonA bison is the creature we call a buffalo in America. Though it is of no real relation to buffalo in the rest of the world. It’s actually a large cow like beast with a comically large furry head. They used to roam the vast American interior in equally vast herds until we hunted them to near extinction. Before then the American Indians used the Bison for everything from food, to tools, to lodging, and clothes. Today, the Bison is raised as food right alongside cattle on many ranches. (Buffalo burgers and steaks are quite tasty and low in fat.) It has been successfully reintroduced to many parts of the United States, so it is no longer in danger of extinction. You can read more about the Bison here.

water buffalo horn polyhedral diceBison Horn is piano black, with some white and grey marbling that is more apparent that what we see in the Water Buffalo Horn. And rival water buffalo horn as some of the most beautiful dice we make. However taking a deep breath while we are making these might just be a detriment to one’s health. Both Buffalo and Bison horn both leave a utter horrid smell that permeates my shop for days after we finish making them. I swear if horn didn’t make some of the best dice on the planet I’d quite working with it all together. Gross. That smell gets in your hands and it won’t wash out… Lucky for yall, these dice don’t smell once they are complete as they only smell while they are being worked.

But alas horns make for some epically awesome dice. The dice pictured here do not have any finish applied to them. Instead they were buffed them using tripoli and a white rouge, then polished to a glossy luster with a soft cotton buffing wheel. This process, brings out a touch of white or gold marbling within the horn.

The golden numbers are not painted. They have been laser engraved as are all of our dice. Buffalo horn does not turn black in response to heat. Instead, it turns the golden hue seen here. This golden hue makes these jet black dice quite easy to read, unlike our dark wooden dice, which can be a pain to read in dim lighting


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12 reviews for American Bison Horn

  1. (verified owner)

    Wow…I mean, wow! Just got my d20 and it is truly a thing of beauty!

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I just received my d20, and it is gorgeous a serious piece of art!

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I have to add to the reviews here. I picked up the full set and they really are something special. The white marbling isn’t as pronounced on my set as I thought it would be, but these dice are still gorgeous. The gold numbering really catches the eye. All that’s left now is to see if they improve my luck at the table…

  4. 5 out of 5

    Just got this set 2 days after the Bloodwood. I’ve got to say jaw dropping. These are the most stunning dice I’ve ever seen.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A very, very beautiful d20. My order was shipped a bit late (to the Netherlands), for I had to wait more than 6 months to receive the dice. The reason was the availability of the bison horn. But the fast response on my mails and the fact that I got an extra druid d20(!!!) made it worth the wait. I definitely going show of my new dice to my dnd group!

  6. 5 out of 5

    My full poly set came in the mail a few days ago, they’re absolutely gorgeous. Took a little longer than I anticipated (about 6 months) because of supply issues, but it was well worth the wait. I cannot wait to use them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    An absolutely beautiful die! Just received my d20 today. It took a little longer than I had anticipated (a little over 5 months) but it was definitely worth the wait. I would absolutely recommend picking some up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Looks nicer in person than in the pictures (wow!). Received it in less than a week. My request for a spin-down d20 was accommodated. Could not be happier!

  9. 2 out of 5

    I received my d20 recently and found the marbling to be far less prominent, almost un-noticeably so, than the picture. Additionally upon looking it over I found that most of the numbers on the die are off center. Most were passable but 4 or 5 numbers are unacceptably off center. After a series of e-mails it was explained to me that the numbers are just off center because the dice are “handmade.” In the end I was denied a refund or exchange for this die that I wish I hadn’t bought. If the website mentioned anywhere that the numbers on their dice aren’t always centered I wouldn’t have bought any. I do not recommend getting these dice.

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Like a lot of the other reviewers above, I ordered a d20, and like many above it took longer than expected. I suspect that due to the processing smell they mention in the description they wait till they have a large batch to process. Well today the d20 arrived and I have to say it is stunning!

  11. 3 out of 5

    As a member of the Pawnee Nation and a gamer, I am torn on this offering. On the one hand, the bison represents a part of our spiritual heritage and is still used in ceremony today as it was once when we hunted it across the plains. That being said, we hunted it and used its bounty for tools and food. Going to have to think on this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    We have raised bison for over 30 years, and have been instrumental in helping ranchers (and packers) utilize “all things bison”. I respect Chatick’s view … but facts being facts, most bison are raised for meat .. even by the member tribes of the Inter Tribal Buffalo Counsel. Were it not for that commercial value in our commercial world, we would not have the herds we have today.

    But these dice rank right at the top of things bison in terms of beauty, quality and American pride. Thanks for making these available. I personally know that what you have to do has got to be a labor of love, and the product and packaging are works of art and things of enduring American beauty.

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