Since I was able to get some practice in with creating 3d textures via deep etching I decided to try making something more practical with them. I had an old knife that I wanted to dress up a bit. First I took the existing side plates off of it so I could scan them into the PC with my scanner.
They etched pretty well too.
I decided to try and add some thumb relief to the design as well so it’d be easier to open the knife and a border to smooth out the edges of the handle and ended up with this.
so I tried the different designs on different woods to see how they’d look.
as you can see, sometimes the etched thumb relief was just too deep and burned through. I decided I liked the fish scale in Padauk (?) best and updated it to have a ridge around the edge. I also had to design the back side of the knife which was a little different, but fairly easy to model giving me this:
Even right off the laser it’s pretty much fit to go other than needing a bit of cleaning.
Washing it with a toothbrush and some scrubby soap and it looks pretty good.
The main screw countersinks nicely and the smaller ones fit flush without countersink etching.
I may need to enlarge the main pivot hole on the back plate because the nut doesn’t sit flush on the back which props the clip up a bit when I screw it down.
But, overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I think I’ll try the other two textures in the other woods later and see how they look as well. I may also just sand/file the thumb relief, but not sure yet.