American Bison Horn

Rated 4.79 out of 5 based on 24 customer ratings
(25 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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Polyhedral Set, Polyhedral Set w/ Nickel Silver Inlay, Polyhedral Set w/ Copper Inlay, Polyhedral Set w/ Brass Inlay, Polyhedral Set w/ Bronze Inlay, Single d20, Single d20 w/ Nickel Silver Inlay, Single d20 w/ Copper Inlay, Single d20 w/ Brass Inlay, Single d20 w/ Bronze Inlay

25 reviews for American Bison Horn

  1. philip (verified owner)

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

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott (verified owner)

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

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beau (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. Rated 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bart (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. Rated 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tyler (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt (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. Rated 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    tobinpj (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. Rated 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cecil Miskin – Buffalo Gold/ Herd Wear (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.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’m sorry to the folks at Artisan Dice, but I had to order a smelly horn dice. I was so happy with my two other purchases from them that I had to have a dice made of horn. Sorry about the smell do great work.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate (verified owner)

    The die I ordered is absolutely stunning. It came pretty quickly. They responded to questions in a timely fashion. I am new do role playing games. When I saw these I had to get one, and it is gorgeous. Highly recommended to anyone who likes something different!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt20 (verified owner)

    I bought a full set as a gift for my brother. They are beautiful, easy to read, and a pleasure to hold. He only uses them at our games now! Thank you for making them available; your workmanship is amazing.

    One small quibble: The points on d4 are very acute and sharp. Be careful with them, because I’m pretty sure they could draw blood. Although that might be a plus, who knows! 🙂

    • Charlie Brumfield

      Glad you like them. We’re looking in to chattering the edges on all of our d4s slightly.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    cmlamontagne (verified owner)

    My order took 3.5 months from order to delivery, and that included a delay due to technical issues at the shop. I was notified via email at every stage of the production process, and given a clear and prompt explanation of the delay, so there was never any need for me to initiate any communication. When you order heirloom quality dice created from exotic materials by master craftsmen, this is to be expected.

    The dice are as gorgeous as you think they should be. Glossy black finish with random bits of a lighter color swirled in. The numbers are centered as they should be, and the gold color contrasts wonderfully against the dark color of the dice.

    As is probably already known about the dice in general, the d6s are slightly larger than other dice, the d4 slightly smaller, with the others being approximately the same size as traditional dice.

    I am beyond pleased with my purchase and recommend this company and its dice to anyone.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    Is it possible to request highly marbled bison dice?

    • Charlie Brumfield

      when we have set available we will post it individually. most of the dice will not be highly marbled.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate (verified owner)

    After purchasing a d20 and playing with it, I had to get a full set! It has done magnificent at the table. It gets lots of attention from my group. The set just came in and are even more stunning than the d20, with lots of beautiful marbling in the pieces. They arrived after a couple short weeks and I can’t wait to use them at my next game! The craftsmanship is magnificent and they are simply gorgeous!

    On a side note: it is a good thing they come in a metal case with foam cushioning in it. When it arrived, it looked like it had been run over by a car. Something must have happened in transit with the post office, because I almost had to cut the lid off to get them open. I was very afraid at first that they had been crushed or broken. When I was finally able to pry the lid off, they were in perfect condition! It’s a little disappointing that I can’t use the container they came in, but I am so thankful that it protected them from being destroyed!

    • Charlie Brumfield

      glad they arrived safe and sound! we’ll get you another box on the way, sometimes i swear the post office employs trained orangutans to sort the mail.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Philip Ryan

    What did the buffalo say to his son when he found a new herd?


    Ahahah. I haven’t brought any dice yet from here, but if there’s any I am going to get it’s these. These look amazing.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lexy (verified owner)

    Gorgeous dice, the set I received had visible marbling on all dice and a lovely weight. The set contains 4 d6 and they are slightly larger than the average d6 which is really lovely.

    All the dice roll excellently.

    My only complaints are that the dice get “cloudy” they don’t maintain the polish and need to be rubbed off every time you bring them out and that the cedar case I ordered doesn’t close properly as the lid is slightly too tight to close so I cant use the case to hold them unless I want to try cramming it down and risk my dice.

    My last concern would be price and shipping time, I ordered my dice over 2 months before Christmas and received an update that they were finished 3 weeks before Christmas but they were not shipped until after the holidays. This was annoying as I noticed the site offering next day delivery on the same set of dice I had purchased while I had yet to receive mine, On the same note I noticed that after I had ordered my dice a few weeks later the price dropped significantly, I wish I had waited and ordered closer to the holidays and saved myself the waiting time and money spent.

    Overall excellent purchase but looking back I wouldn’t have ordered the case with them and would have monitored prices more actively and purchased closer to the holidays.


    • Charlie Brumfield

      Hi Lexy,

      I’m glad you like the dice. As to the box not closing properly, please send it back and we’ll get you a new one. It happens from time to time with changes in humidity during shipping. The dice you saw on the site for immediate delivery were polyhedral sets not d6 sets, and we have not changed our pricing on any of our dice within the last year. Sorry for the confusion and the delay in getting your order made. We had some issues with the supplied material in the larger sizes we need for 6 sided dice.


  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    Will these be coming back in stock?

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mikkel Ørsted Kirkeby

    These dice look absoulutely amazing, i really want to buy a D20, but they seem to be sold out, do you have any idea when they will be on stock again, so that i can add this beauty to the table?

    • Charlie Brumfield

      the next run will be available shortly

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Glenn Gray (verified owner)

    Just got my D20 in the mail today! Thanks for the quick delivery and updates through my account. Aces in my book!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oscar Gomez (verified owner)

    Picked up 2 Bison d20’s, one with nickel silver inlay and another without. They both look great, Artisan Dice shipped quickly and did a beautiful job creating these die.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Holman (verified owner)

    I recently purchased a D20 with the laser engraving. The package arrived promptly and the die looks beautiful!
    Even better; it rolled two 19s in a row right out of the box and proceeded to roll 19s at the most opportune times during its first game night. I did notice that the 19 was a little off center while the rest of the numbers were dead on. Normally that kind of thing would bug me, but considering the unsual luck that came coupled with it, I have come to really enjoy it as my lucky die.
    The bison horn looks and rolls unlike anything I have ever used before. A must have for any dice collector.

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