I’ve been playing around at a friends house doing some forging to make a custom knife. I wanted to make a Sgian Dubh to go with my kilts. So, I’ve been doing some prototyping with forging my own cable damascus which has been fun,
but I’ve been looking for ways to customize the handle, sheath and/or blade. Made some good progress today though with an etching test on the handle. I’d gotten hold of an antler shed from a couple of friends and was able to etch it in the Glowforge today. It’s kind of tricky since it’s a very dynamic shape and not flat. Though the focus was off on one side (because it curved away), it looked good coming out of the Glowforge.
unfortunately after washing it off to clean it up, the soot came out and lost the contrast.
I may try some ink or something to bring it out again, but need to do some more tests and research I think. I may try and find a more flat piece or maybe sand it down more flat in the handle forming. Not sure yet. I was able to cut out a nice leather sheath for it though with the Glowforge.
looked nice stained.