Inlay material suggestions

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Bsafe, Jan 18, 2021.

  1. Bsafe

    Bsafe

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    Dec 27, 2020
    I'm making a custom knife with black titanium scales and I'm cutting out a small design on the top scale and inlaying a material, either flush or slightly recessed. I want the material to be different from what you would normally see. I was thinking Gibeon meteorite, but I'm looking for other ideas. All suggestions are welcomed!
     
  2. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Fukang Meteorite
     
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  3. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    MOP
     
  4. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Gold
     
  5. A.McPherson

    A.McPherson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 27, 2012
    Lead. Nobody uses lead anymore! Very unique!
     
  6. Britt_Askew

    Britt_Askew Dealer / Materials Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Dec 9, 2010
    What's the process for making titanium black? Would it stay black if you keep it in your pocket for a couple years?
    as for the inlay - natural titanium
     
  7. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    One advantage of gold is it shouldn't change in the process to make the titanium black.
     
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  8. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    jade or tiger eye stone, star sapphire.
     
  9. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Stone is good, but harder to shape and polish without specialized equipment.
     
  10. Bsafe

    Bsafe

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    Dec 27, 2020
    I'm thinking of just using a torch and some WD-40, so it would probably rub off. The reason I mentioned having the inlay slightly recessed was because I figure that I could somehow support it from the inside of the scale so that I can remove it if I need to re-blacken the titanium.
     
  11. Bsafe

    Bsafe

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    Dec 27, 2020
    I have very minimal equipment, so it probably would be very difficult for me.
     
  12. Britt_Askew

    Britt_Askew Dealer / Materials Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Dec 9, 2010
    Interesting. Thanks for the reply
     

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