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#5741595 - 05/12/15 11:01 PM Makers mark
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I've made a few knives now and I want to start putting a makers mark on knives in the future but I don't know if I should try to etch or stamp. What do y'all prefer and why?

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#5741721 - 05/13/15 07:11 AM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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Thought we were talking about a whiskey knife, was hoping for something with a wax dipped handle.
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#5741810 - 05/13/15 08:07 AM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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I used to etch my knives a long time ago and switched to a stamp when I found someone sanding off my makers mark that was etched.
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#5742227 - 05/13/15 12:22 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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I made an electro etch you plug into your house outlet. works great. I found the schematics with a google search and it cost me about 50 bucks to build.
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#5742310 - 05/13/15 01:14 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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I prefer stamped. My objection to etched is that, if through error or neglect, there's a scratch through the etching, there's no restoring it. A deep stamping will withstand the occasional polishing.
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#5742458 - 05/13/15 03:10 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: nsmike]
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Originally Posted By: bjankowski
I used to etch my knives a long time ago and switched to a stamp when I found someone sanding off my makers mark that was etched.

Originally Posted By: nsmike
I prefer stamped. My objection to etched is that, if through error or neglect, there's a scratch through the etching, there's no restoring it. A deep stamping will withstand the occasional polishing.



When you stamp do you use a hammer or some kind of fancy press?

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#5742460 - 05/13/15 03:11 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: safdm44]
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Originally Posted By: safdm44
I made an electro etch you plug into your house outlet. works great. I found the schematics with a google search and it cost me about 50 bucks to build.


Did you get stencils made specifically for etching?

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#5742591 - 05/13/15 04:28 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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This is what I use, I ordered my stencils from Ernie Grospitch. I mainly use the mark setting.

http://www.knifemaking.com/mobile/Product.aspx?id=2365




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#5742597 - 05/13/15 04:31 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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Depends on the knife for me I guess. Some of them I stamp and some of them I etch. confused2
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#5742638 - 05/13/15 04:57 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: MikeC]
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Depends on the knife for me I guess. Some of them I stamp and some of them I etch. confused2
adhd? grin
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#5742652 - 05/13/15 05:06 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: Kev®]
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Originally Posted By: MikeC
Depends on the knife for me I guess. Some of them I stamp and some of them I etch. confused2
adhd? grin


Could be but I make a lot of smaller EDC knives and I feel the etched mark kind of over powers them.
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#5742885 - 05/13/15 06:57 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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Originally Posted By: emory73m
Originally Posted By: bjankowski
I used to etch my knives a long time ago and switched to a stamp when I found someone sanding off my makers mark that was etched.

Originally Posted By: nsmike
I prefer stamped. My objection to etched is that, if through error or neglect, there's a scratch through the etching, there's no restoring it. A deep stamping will withstand the occasional polishing.



When you stamp do you use a hammer or some kind of fancy press?


I could use a press and I have one but I just use a two pound hammer just before I heat treat it; I get it hot before stamping and does a good job.
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#5742893 - 05/13/15 07:00 PM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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Where do y'all get your stamps?

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#5743353 - 05/14/15 06:38 AM Re: Makers mark [Re: emory73m]
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Originally Posted By: emory73m
Where do y'all get your stamps?


www.harpermfg.com
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