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The Electro-etch Custom Logo stencil is made by a Knifemaker for Knifemakers

Blue Lightning Stencil Material is Homemade Original

(secret recipe)

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 Hand etcher  Stencil Etchh 1The left picture includes the following parts needed to etch your logo into your knife. 
This power supply is homemade. 
Your power supply voltage can be different.  The voltage outputs are 24 volt D.C, and  7 volt A.C.  . 
 The Electrolyte in the white bottle is homemade. 
The recipe is on this page.....
TUTORIALS... 
The hand piece is
Micarta with a brass front.  The rubber band holds the felt onto the handle, any color is OK  
  Put felt, two pieces thick, on the etcher handle....the same as the picture below.




Stencil 5







 

The handle head of brass is cleaned by rubbing the face

 on a piece of flat 220 grit carbide sandpaper. 

The sandpaper is supported by my desk top under the sandpaper. 

 It is convenient and flat.  

If you want to etch your logo into a hollow ground blade portion of the knife blade,

just make a pad holder with a slightly smaller diameter than the grind.

That will work better than a flat pad in the hollow ground part of the blade.

The flat square pad is best for a flat areas like the Ricasso area.

Use a good firm down pressure when etching your logo. 

You can cut down the pad size to suit your etching area. 

The pad is better if it has a 1/8 inch border larger than the Logo.

I make my own handpiece using brass for flat or diameter etching.
   

This picture shows the handle is ready to accept the Electrolyte. 

 

Stencil 2 

 

This picture includes the Electrolyte with the felt pad on the handle that has been

lightly soaked ...ready to use.

 

Stencil 6  

 The Stencil is surrounded with Magic Scotch tape used to attached the stencil to the knife. 

The tape also serves to protect areas that you do not want etched.

Apply pressure, you want the stencil slap against the steel, double slap pressure if you can do it. 

I recommend Scotch tape...... Electrical tape is hard to deal with and totally unnecessary.

It may not be necessary to tape completely around the logo.  Just tape the sections of the knife 

that may be accidently etched.   

 

Stencil 3

The stencil is taped on the knife with Magic Scotch Tape

surrounded wherever the knife steel may get accidently touched with the hand-pad. 

 The clip at the top of the picture is the power supply connector. 

It can be attached to your knife any place that will complete the circuit. 

Attach it before you begin etching.  Add good firm down pressure. 

Run 3 or 4 seconds release and add pressure again 2 or 3 more times.  

You can improve the etch by applying  pressure first and then turn the power supply on.  

To help blacken the etched Logo go one more step using the A.C. output.

 

 

Stencil 4

 

To clean the stencil put a 1/2 drop of dish detergent

between your thumb and  index finger and then place the stencil 

between the two fingers and lightly scrub back and forth.

Don't use a toothbrush. Rinse with tap water so that there is no soap left in the image. 

Pat dry with a paper towel then air dry and you're ready to etch again.  

 Blue Lightnin Clean    

OK to hold it upside down for a picture

Best storage is in an envelope at room temperature.

Out of the sunlight or room light. 

 Add tin foil for added security

Thank you !



 

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