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Say I wanted to make my metallic knife flat black like most military knives, how would i go about doing so.

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Brazilian Saber Tooth (author)2012-03-02

What I do is, hold de blade over a butane lighter, from you home stove and wait until it get the color that you want.

Check out my picsof my BST I, for the kind of flat black I 'm talking about.

I belive that depending on the thickness of your blade you will get from flat black till a (what I call a) "Fake Damascus"which is actually, very nice.

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NachoMahma (author)2007-06-19

. I've seen some knives with a "satin" finish that looked to me like it was sandblasted bare metal. Not the black you're looking for, but it may help.

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Grim (author)NachoMahma2007-06-19

Actually, Im looking up parkerizing kits. Theyre exactly what Im looking for but a bit pricey .

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Billybob101 (author)Grim2012-02-27

You know all parkarizing kits are Rust converter an manganese dioxide both of which are relatively cheap I'm not sure on exactly how to do it but you'll probably find an instructable on it hope this helped!

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NachoMahma (author)Grim2007-06-19

. LOL You didn't say anything about cheap. . I think you can find relatively inexpensive bluing kits that have a non-glare finish. I haven't looked at this kind of thing in a while (all my guns have good finishes). . Try calling a gunsmith.

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Grim (author)NachoMahma2007-06-20

I was looking around for those too, theres no gun shops in my are that does that kind of work. So Im kinda out of luck eh?

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NachoMahma (author)Grim2007-06-20

. Like I said, it's been a while, but I remember seeing bluing kits for guns that were advertised as being much less glossy than "regular" bluing. IIRC, the procedure is not exactly easy, but anyone with the ability to follow directions should be able to handle it. Some nasty chemicals involved, but nothing a DIYer can't handle with the proper safety precautions. . You might be able to find something at hunting and/or military surplus stores. . There's bound to be plenty of pages/sites out there about gun finishes (and metal finishes in general). Doesn't appear that anyone here knows much about it. Or they ain't talkin'. :)

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ledzep567 (author)2007-12-01

just hold your knife over a lighterflame. it doesnt last long but its flatter then gun bluing

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Grim (author)ledzep5672007-12-04

It rubs right off, it might tint it a little though.

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X_D_3_M_1 (author)2007-11-27

yeah i want a comabt knife that looks like leons from resident evil 4

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Austringer (author)2007-06-24

There is a faux gun blueing available out there but I think it will tend to wear away with heavy use. The traditional way to make ironwork black is to heat to about 500 deg. and brush it with linseed oil, but I don't think that will work for this.

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jtobako (author)Austringer2007-06-24

Ironwork, but not bright (polished) steel. The carbon needs a 'tooth' to hold on to. Also works with various mixes of wax and turpentine as sources of carbon.

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Grim (author)jtobako2007-06-24

Any chance you can provide details?

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jtobako (author)Grim2007-06-24

To what, destroy your knife? The heating will soften the blade so it won't hold an edge. For any OTHER iron, heat it up just short of red hot, then rub it with an oily rag or stub of a candle and then a soft rag. If it smokes like crazy, it's hot enough, if you can't blow it out if it catches fire, it's too hot (let it cool a bit and try again).

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NachoMahma (author)2007-06-19

. Look into Parkerizing (M-16), bluing (hunting guns), and browning (older guns). Any of these should give you a durable, flat finish ('though bluing tends to be shiny). If the knife won't see much use, a good paint might work.

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Grim (author)NachoMahma2007-06-19

I intend for the knife to undergo moderately heavy use.

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