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Old 08-09-2012, 08:44 PM
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Etching steel

What steels can you do a deep etch in? I was going to use ferric chloric. Can you do stainless steels like 304, or 416?
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:33 AM
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Thank you for your post I am wondering the same. What acids produce what colors. What acids go best with each of the metals.Hopefully someone will help out .
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:14 AM
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I only have ferric chloric. If no one responds I will probably just do some tests.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:12 PM
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So what did you end up doing? When I want to etch something I usually use some 5 percent vinegar mixed with a pinch of salt and then electroetch it. That way I don't have to worry about chemicals or clean up, its just salty vinegar.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:32 AM
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What colors are you after?

This is right up my alley.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:15 AM
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Hi Marc(imakethings)
I have many questions can I call sometime? my typing skills are horrid.
Thanks Dave or if its easier my # is 231 269 3028
Thanks again
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:50 AM
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Hi Dave R.
Do us a favor and fill out a bit more of your profile so we know where you are, there might be a knife maker in your area who can lend a hand. Now I'm a bit hesitant to post my phone number on the internet, but I will be happy to answer specific questions.

If you are after colorization of steel, it's going to depend on the steel composition, what sort of wear characteristics you're after, and a couple other variables. It all really comes down to the material you're working with.
A LOT of what I know came from http://www.finishing.com/ and reading.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:02 AM
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Hi,
I filled out my profile more, not to worried about my phone # as it is on my website riccardoengraving.com
Thanks for the link
David
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:46 AM
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Has anyone ever tried nitric or sulphuric acid for etching? I don't think it would work for a maker's mark, but it would lead to some interesting textures.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:10 AM
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Nitric works very well for a makers mark. Goes very deep, but requires a wax based ground that letters are scribed into.

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