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  1. I am getting ready to do an etch on an old Khyber knife that I was told was wootz by the seller. I have bought from him before and never been disappointed. I plan on taking it to 600grit, hitting it with some acetone and putting it in a 3-1 ferric mix. Any suggestions on what to do after the etch? Just rinse in tap water, do a baking soda dip? I have only ever used vinegar before this will be a first for me. Thanks. How long should I leave it in for?
  2. JPH, You might want to consider selling through ebay. I doubt they would shoot themselves in the foot. Of course this may be their way of forcing you to sell through them. The other to do is classify your work as art objects, nothing more. Of course I have one of your blades, you would not be lying!
  3. Looks like your back with a vengeance! That wave is unreal
  4. I was using the Sulphur in about a teaspoon in 8 ounces of hot water. I dipped it in and pulled it out, it was black almost immediately. I can add more water and go cold and see what happens. The directions said the hot water makes the reaction better, that may not be what I want. Thanks for the suggestions I'll give them a try to get the color match I want. Love this place.
  5. Searched for this could not find anything here. Does anyone know how to get a brown patina on copper? I tried liver of Sulphur, but that comes up black not brown. I am trying to match that old brown copper patina you see on antique copper bowls and such. The knife I an trying to match to is roughly 19th Century. No green in sight on it, just a soft brown.
  6. Thanks, that's what I was looking for.
  7. Is it possible to take a brass finger guard and apply a brass hardening treatment? I have a brass finger guard, but thing maybe some sort of color patina on it may be more desirable.
  8. I really like the color contrasts. Guard, bolster, pins and burl handle all work together like a piece of art. How did you plan that out?
  9. Well alcohol may not have been part of the design, but I really think you deserve to toast to a gorgeous piece of work.
  10. Cool, the Goldfish Bowie! I see that snack smiling back.
  11. I don't know if what I have is wootz. That's what I am trying to find out. What I know is it is a late 18th or early 19th century, most likely 19th century Afghani Khyber knife. I bought it from a known dealer who is pretty good at id-ing these things. However when I got it, I just don't see it. Maybe if I squint just so and the light is just right and the planets line up right and the butterfly flaps it's wings just so...., Still I'd like a little more solid visual.
  12. Thanks guys. The ferric may be easier to come by then the Nitric. As Jerrod pointed out, the work address seems to be the key. If I had that I could have bought the Nital. As to the picric, yeah I hear ya. Back in the day when I was in college we had a building evacuated because of it. Seems the art department had a large amount of it and it crystallized.
  13. Does anyone know where someone without a commercial license can get a small quantity of Nital 3%? Every dealer I have seen require some sort of hazmat docs or number before they will ship. Barring that does anyone know of an etchant for a potential wootz blade that works just as well and is available?
  14. Maybe not what you wanted; butttt..... DDDAAAMMMNN that's cool.
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