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Tutorial: Dyeing stag

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Bill DeShivs, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Burl Source

    Burl Source

    Dec 7, 2008
    Very good tutorial Bill.
    Was this piece too far gone to be used for a handle?
    If not, how do you deal with the softer insides?
     
  2. Bill DeShivs

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

    Jun 6, 2000
    If you are going to get just one leather dye, I agree that the light brown is the one to get. Just remember-any of the leather dyes will penetrate more than the potassium permanganate.
     
  3. Bill DeShivs

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

    Jun 6, 2000
    Burl Source,
    The stag could easily be used for a stick tang, with a butt cap. If the pith is too soft, you will notice it when drilling, and you can wallow it out and use extra epoxy.
    I'll probably use this for thin pocket knife scales at some point.
     
  4. mostho

    mostho

    Mar 5, 2007
    thanks for your tutorial!
    Very informative!
     
  5. Stuart Willis

    Stuart Willis

    Nov 6, 2006
    Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. TomTerrific

    TomTerrific

    467
    Jan 8, 2011
    I was directed to this thread as I had a question on dying stag.

    This chemist would say potassium permanganate is not a dye. It oxidizes the stag and the KMnO4 is reduced to MnO2, which is brown.

    We used the crystals rather than powdered in the lab. Less of a problem with dust. Small quantities, 100g or so, shouldn't have a dust problem.

    Think HTH when you are thinking of KMnO4. Both are strong oxidizers.
     
  7. jringo8769

    jringo8769

    57
    Dec 25, 2015
    excellent thread...thank u for sharing this...God Bless, John
     
  8. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

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

    Aug 20, 2004
    Just an FYI jringo, but this is a six year old thread. You are correct that the info was excellent.

    Look at the dates when pulling up a thread in a search.
     

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