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Customized Blade Etchings

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by MythrilBlades, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. MythrilBlades

    MythrilBlades

    80
    Jan 18, 2017
    I have been trying different techniques of etching for quite some time now and have more or less developed a proprietary method (after dozens of hours toil). I really love the way the knifes are turning out now. It is a very long and tedious job etching the way I do, one must be very scrupulous and attentive because any moisture or other contaminate will cause cloudy translucent grey spots... which will lead to you uttering terrible profanities knowing all the hours you invested into the blade were in vain. Needless to say it requires patience and finesse with the hands , but when I finish an intricate design and behold the beauty of the ornate patterns gleaming and dancing around in different angles of light I know it was all worth it. For now a knife exists that has no counterpart or rival, it cannot be compared to the stock factory model anymore. It is a personalized unique extension and expression of the owner, like a tattoo in some regards.
    I haven't seen anyone doing this type of intricate etching nor using the methods I have developed (probably because I developed them) Let me know what you think and if you are interested in having work done message me. Here are some of the knives I've recently done in no particular order (all of which have been sold sorry)

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  2. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Very nice.
    Research Shaw-Liebowitz or Leonard Liebowitz.
     
  3. MythrilBlades

    MythrilBlades

    80
    Jan 18, 2017
    WOW!! That is definitely some amazing engraving done by the Liebowitzs.The gold inlay is gorgeous. I'd love to see an opal or some other lustrous gemstone in the handles of their work, that in my opinion would be amazing.

    I have another one aswell. Its a high quality OEM D2 billet with scalloped/ribbed dark emerald green & black micarta slabs. I'll post a video and some pictures of the knife later.

    I wish I could have a larger platform to showcase my work. When I post pictures and threads it only gets a few dozen views. :( If you like what I've done could you please share this link with other knife lovers to help showcase and disseminate my work. Thanks!
     
  4. gunfixrjoe

    gunfixrjoe

    Aug 11, 2011
    MythrilBlades, you are an absolutely talented artist. I just am starting to figure out acid stonewashing, which couldn't be more elementary, and I still can't get it just right. Then here you are looking like a complete rockstar! Exceptional work! Any tips my way would be completely appreciated!
     
  5. pedropcola

    pedropcola

    880
    Feb 24, 2006
    Beautiful work sir.
     
  6. MythrilBlades

    MythrilBlades

    80
    Jan 18, 2017
    Thank you for the kind words.

    I find if you are using pure ferric chloride the higher the temperature of the solution the more metal will be eaten away. Also you can play with different levels of other substances in you etching solution such as different ratios of de-ionized water, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar etc.
     
  7. gunfixrjoe

    gunfixrjoe

    Aug 11, 2011

    How about sulfuric acid?
     
  8. MythrilBlades

    MythrilBlades

    80
    Jan 18, 2017
    I have never tried sulfuric acid though I'm sure the results would be interesting. I once tried etching aluminium and it ate away a good 45% of the metal, I was not very happy about that.
     
  9. gunfixrjoe

    gunfixrjoe

    Aug 11, 2011
    I've had decent results with Ferric, and another maker recommended sulfuric. I've tried it once. Very agressive action and gassing. Seems I get a very dull finish from both, unfortunately.
     
  10. BuckleBuilder

    BuckleBuilder

    392
    Jul 28, 2014
    I’ve use muriatic acid mixed 50-50 with water for years to eat scale off of steel. It’s probably as caustic as sulfuric acid but very effective even cut with water.
     
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  11. gunfixrjoe

    gunfixrjoe

    Aug 11, 2011
    Noted
     
  12. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Nitric acid is what the old masters used.
    Strong stuff.
     

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