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    Well, Finally got the office/studio back in working order. My friend who helps me with the electrical stuff around here saw the knife I had mad for my grandson and asked if I would make him one. pretty much finished up with the knife still have to so the sheath. I thought I would try to etch the blade. Never done that, so I did a littler reading, The article I was reading was talking about using a battery charger. My battery charger is a bigger unit and I didn't feel like fiddling with it.
    I always save any AC adaptors off any expired whatever. I had one that converted to 18V/2.5A. didn;t know if it was powerful enough, guess what it was. hooked the positive to the knife and a Q-tip to the negative. Got some plain old vinegar add salt to it until with it wouldn't dissolve anymore Salt. Through the mixture in the micro wave for 1 min. Painted the area that I was wanting to etch with some of Pam's finger nail polish (don't tell her), let it dry scratch what I want to try and etch. turn the electricity on, dip the Q-tip into the solution started dabbing on the design.It didn't take long and you could see a reaction, like a dummy I lifted the Q-tip pf the design and things seem to stop Da.Haven't taken any pictures yet will wait until I all through.
    Just show you don't need a lot of equipment.
    . . .JoeB

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    Electroetching steel is a pretty cool process. Here's a pic of my shop built etcher that has DC etch and AC mark settings that I build on the cheap from plans that I found online. The DC setting removes the steel, and the AC lays down a dark oxide layer inside the etch to make things pop. I use a custom made stencil for my maker's mark, but nail polish works just fine when you aren't doing very many marks. It's a nice way to "sign" your work.

    Brandant Robinson
    Woodcarving Blog - www.theoldstump.blogspot.com
    Custom Folding Knives - https://www.therobinsonedge.com/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brandant.robinson.1

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply Brandant, It is still experimental to me. Curious, what voltage do you use when using AC. Also, I doubt if I will get any but where did you get your stencils.
      Thanks
      . . .JoeB

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      • #4
        If I remember right, it's 12V for both AC and DC. I get my stencils from here http://www.erniesknives.com. It's a little pricey if you're only doing a few marks, but you can't beat the resolution and crispness of the etch. Have fun, and let's see what you came up with.
        Brandant Robinson
        Woodcarving Blog - www.theoldstump.blogspot.com
        Custom Folding Knives - https://www.therobinsonedge.com/
        Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brandant.robinson.1

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        • #5
          Thanks for the info
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            How Interesting. I would enjoy picts if you make some, Joe.

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            • #7
              Copeau, check "Awhile back" post under this forum and you'll see a later post about this gizmo Thanks for asking
              . . .JoeB

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              • #8
                thanks a lot !

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