Tyler Reinarts Posted September 28, 2019 Share Posted September 28, 2019 How are you supposed to etch a damascus blade so you get some contrast between the steels? Im trying to etch one made of 15n20 and 1095 (de-greasing then submerging in ferric chloride in distilled water at a 4:1 ratio for 30 min) but by the time I've neutralized it and washed off all the black silt the 15n20 is just as dark as the 1095. Then I tried sending the high spots with 1500 grit sandpaper and that just brightens up both steels. You can clearly see the layers, but except for at the weld seams it's all the same color and texture. On every other damascus knife I've seen there's a clear color difference in the layers. I've heard that if your blade isn't hardened right it can mess this up but I know mine is. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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