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Old 09-21-2020, 07:21 PM
Chris C
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How to make a resist

I'm working on my first Damascus knife. In the past, I've always electro-etched my maker's mark on my blades. I don't have a maker's mark punch yet. I'm worried about how to apply my maker's mark on this blade. I see three options. First, I could etch my mark deeply before etching the Damascus. Second is to etch it after etching the Damascus. Third is to use some kind of resist in the shape of my mark, etch the Damascus and then pull the resist and etch my mark in the clear area. In my mind's eye, I think the third option would be the best. However, I have no idea how to make the resist. Here's my maker's mark:

I think it would be best to make an oval slightly larger than the mark but am at a loss as to how to do it.

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Old 05-23-2021, 02:53 PM
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Old 05-23-2021, 04:23 PM
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Resist can be clear nail polish.
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Old 05-23-2021, 06:25 PM
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With the small area that you need to block I would also go with clear nail polish rather than buying a can of resist from an etching supply house. However, a colored nail polish may let you see the area that you are blocking a little better. If you are able to cut your maker's mark into the nail polish you could use the nail polish as a mask for electro engraving. Maybe lay out your mask, cut your maker's mark into it, and then etch the whole blade and remove the mask afterwards.


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