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Jfk742

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Thank you. 1095 for the steel. Need to figure out how to make bone jet black, then I’d be in business.
 

Bruno

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I've used ferric chloride. Dip it for a while, and then take it out and rub the ferric chloride with your finger (latex glove). Repeat a couple of times.
Rubbing it will mix oxygen into it and really turn things black.
that said, it depends on whether the steel is hardened fully or not so with O2 this works beautifully. With 1095 it may be blotchy.

There's also parkerizing but I've never tried that.
 

Shawn

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I've used ferric chloride. Dip it for a while, and then take it out and rub the ferric chloride with your finger (latex glove). Repeat a couple of times.
Rubbing it will mix oxygen into it and really turn things black.
that said, it depends on whether the steel is hardened fully or not so with O2 this works beautifully. With 1095 it may be blotchy.

There's also parkerizing but I've never tried that.
That process for the bone? Or for the steel?
 

Bruno

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Oops. Yeah I meant the blade. There are dyes for coloring epoxy that are liquid and which I know can be used on bone because I've tried it once, but I've never attempted to see how you could get the color really intense.
 

Jfk742

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reading back it is not clear what I meant. I want to dye the bone. Actually my other thread is where I want to make the carbon steel black and hopefully be able to polish back to bright the AEB-L.

I did some reading last night about using iron salts and acorns for horn. I have both of those so I think I’ll do some hands on research. The other option is betting acid dye and letting it soak or pulling a vacuum on it for absorption and penetration of the color.

I also found some really dark horn I had laying around. It has some charcoal streaks in it and is slightly transparent but oh well. That may be my first choice as it requires a lot less fooling around and I’m chomping at the bit to take the blade for a test run.
 
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