Introduction: Handmade Knife and Acid Etching
This week my dad will celebrate his 46th birthday, so I decided to make him a gift that's useful. Some time ago he used to go hunting regularly so he has one really good Italian handmade knife, but i hope that he will like this one too.
Also this guy: Garra23 asked if i could make an instructable about acid etching so i made it :)
Tools and materials:
- Angle grinder
- Fe Cl2
- Used plastic bottle
For the handle I used deer antler and cow horn but that's optional
Step 1: Blade
First I took a piece of steel and cut out the blade and grinded it. I choose this form of the blade because it's the usual form that's used for hunting knives.
Step 2: Preparing for Etching
First thing to do is to put duct tape on both sides of the blade.
Then I drew the lines that I wanted to be etched on the blade and cut them out and also i put some nail polish on the places where duct tape didn't cover the blade.
After that took a plastic bottle and cut it in half, poured water and FeCl2 mixture in there and put the blade in there.
Step 3: Etched Blade
I left it in FeCl2 for couple hours, however I regularly checked, because I didn't want to overdo it.
Unfortunately it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to be, because I didn't sand it enough.
BEFORE PUTTING IT INTO FeCl2 SAND IT NEATLY!!
Step 4: The Knife
At first I thought i ruined the blade but when I made the handle and polished it, it turned out quite well, it has that old, vintage look to it. It sits in hand really good, and it's razor sharp, I even was able to shave hair off my leg :D