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Tutorials - Etching a Maker's Mark
Very simple way to get a professional looking knife maker's mark on blades.
Since I only make damascus blades now, to me this is very time effective, as I etch both for the damascus pattern and the AES mark at the same time. And it also looks really nice.

Mirror polished blade, ready for the acid etch. (Picture 1)

The sticker with my initials/maker mark. (Picture 2)

This decal was cutted from a big sheet I got made at a local print shop.
It's a regular vinyl decal made with a cutting plotter to use on sides of cars, windows, etc.

I cut the sticker according to my size needs. (Picture 3)

Already applied on the blade. (Picture 4)

Blade (with the sticker applied) on a solution of 70% Ferric Chloride and 30% distilled water. I leave it there for about an hour. (Pictures 5 and 6)

Here's how it looks after the acid etching and a wash with water and 10% of sodium bicarbonate. (Picture 7)

Blade with the 600 grit water sand paper I'll use to polish it. (Picture 8)
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Sand paper wrapped on a 2"x 1 1/2" rubber piece to help me polish the blade. (Picture 9)

Softly polishing the blade. The contrast appears not only because of the different steel colors, but because the acid "ate" steel, so there's a relief difference. (Picture 10)
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