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Old 09-02-2014, 05:24 PM
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mustard etch ?

What's the best grit to do before etching?

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Old 09-02-2014, 05:31 PM
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I usually go to 400-600. I have decent results, at least I'm happy with it.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:33 PM
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Thanks, I'll take it to 600.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:33 PM
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Kev,

No type of etching or even sand blasting will hide imperfections in the blade finish. That means you need to put the best finish you can on the blade before etching and don't try to cut corners....


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Old 09-02-2014, 05:37 PM
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No type of etching or even sand blasting will hide imperfections in the blade finish. That means you need to put the best finish you can on the blade before etching and don't try to cut corners....
So, what's your suggestion?
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:49 PM
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I take mine to 400 grit then etch.



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Old 09-02-2014, 06:56 PM
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QUOTE: So, what's your suggestion?

My suggestion is to get a nice, clean finish before you etch. Like the other guys that responded, I usually stop at 400 grit. You could go further but I wouldn't go any less. The important part though is to make sure its clean. If there are any scratches left no matter how small etching will highlight them rather than hide them ....


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Old 09-02-2014, 07:19 PM
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I took it to 1200, we shall see.

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Old 09-04-2014, 10:14 AM
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I do a full mirror polish before a mustard etch with great results.


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Old 09-06-2014, 12:07 AM
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Here are a few pics of knives mustard etched after a mirror polish:



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Thanks Andy. I'll sleep better now. lol


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Here are a few pics of knives mustard etched after a mirror polish:

So I got to ask what exactly am I looking at????? There appears to be more than just a mustard etch going on! The coloration I am seeing hints of heat treating but the variation really blows my mind. It kind of reminds me of Damascus steel but, I pretty sure it is not!

By the way I like it!

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Happy to share...

I start with a mirror polished blade, and I pour out about a tablespoon of every sauce I can find in my fridge onto a plate.

I grab an envelope and fold it twice to a strong but crisp edge.

I dab the envelope into a sauce and dab a few lines perpendicular to the spine an inch or so apart. Once I have a few lines where I want them, I hit the sauce quickly with a heat gun until the edges are dry and the rest is still pasty.

I then wash the sauce off in the sink, dry it and do it again with a different sauce. I place my dabbed lines between the others or slightly overlapping--maybe at a slightly different angle. I hit it again with the heat gun.

By now, you're thinking, "HEAT?! That'll ruin the temper!" Not that much heat.

Several sauces later, I wind up with what I call a 'Mammoth Tooth" etch.

The coolest part is that it retains the mirror polish under what amounts to a very light etch.

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Happy to share...

I start with a mirror polished blade, and I pour out about a tablespoon of every sauce I can find in my fridge onto a plate.

I grab an envelope and fold it twice to a strong but crisp edge.

I dab the envelope into a sauce and dab a few lines perpendicular to the spine an inch or so apart. Once I have a few lines where I want them, I hit the sauce quickly with a heat gun until the edges are dry and the rest is still pasty.

I then wash the sauce off in the sink, dry it and do it again with a different sauce. I place my dabbed lines between the others or slightly overlapping--maybe at a slightly different angle. I hit it again with the heat gun.

By now, you're thinking, "HEAT?! That'll ruin the temper!" Not that much heat.

Several sauces later, I wind up with what I call a 'Mammoth Tooth" etch.

The coolest part is that it retains the mirror polish under what amounts to a very light etch.

Super easy.
it's pretty cool, when you say every sauce, what kinds?
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