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These short how-to videos show how easy it is to create detailed blade metal etchings using salt water, vinyl and a 12 volt car battery charger.

Celtic Cleaver with metal etched blade and spine. Crafted from one of our Cleaver knife blanks.

Check out this short how to video to find out how easy it is to apply and use makers mark stencils from Marking Methods Inc. We designed a two-tone logo with both negative and positive design features. The logo was etched using a care battery charger and salt water as the electrolyte solution.

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METAL ETCHING

After the etching is complete we polished the knife blade with 1500 grit emery.  Please watch the short video posted above to see exactly how this full blade knife etching was accomplished. Remember safety first. 

Mix up a salt water solution. Approximately 2 tablespoons of salt per Liter of water. We used a 12-volt care battery charger to etch the blade. The positive cable was connected to the spine of the knife. We wrapped a small piece of gauze and clamped it onto the negative lead. Dip the gauze into the salt water and then ring it out. It should be moist but not soaking wet. Being very careful not to touch anything metal with your hands touch the gauze to the knife blade where you want the etching process to start. Time will vary depending on the material being etched. For this 1095 steel blade the gauze was held in place for about 15 seconds. Then move the gauze and repeat until the entire blade has been etched. For this blade we wanted a deep etch and repeated the etching process for an additional 15 seconds. Make sure only the damp gauze touches the blade. If the metal clamp touches it will arch and damage the steel.

DIY full blade knife metal etching. FREE step by step instructions. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
How to easily create beautiful Metal Etching. Part of the complete online guide to knife making. www.DIYeasycrafts.com

Metal etching is a great way to enhance the blade or spine of almost any knife. The designs are limited only by your own artistic ability. Check out the examples of metal etched flames, waves and even a patriotic eagle.

DIY full blade knife metal etching. FREE step by step instructions. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
DIY full blade knife metal etching. FREE step by step instructions. www.DIYeasycrafts.com

Now you can easily enhance the quality of your metal etchings with precision machine cut vinyl stencils. Check out this short video to see how the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine can be used to create beautifully detailed stencils for metal etching.

DIY Nautical Themed Chef Knife. FREE step by step instructions from www.DIYeasycrafts.com How-to video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz9Z8tNdpVQ
Custom hand made Chef knife with Dolphin Nautical blade etching. Functional metal art by Dan Berg. Free step by step instructions from www.diyeasycrafts.com

How to easily etch a design onto any knife blade. Metal etching can be done in a variety of ways. We use a 12 volt automotive battery charger, salt water and a transparent film to quickly and easily create beautiful metal etched designs.

Shark metal etched custom chef knife by Berg knifemaking. FREE how to instructions from www.DIYeasycrafts.com
How to easily metal etching Flames on a Knife Blade. FREE step by step instructions. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
How to metal etch a design onto a knife blade or spine. FREE step by step instructions. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
Sea Turtle metal etched custom chef knife by Berg knifemaking. FREE how-to instructions from www.DIYeasycrafts.com
DIY Metal Etching and knife making. FREE step by step instructions from www.DIYeasycrafts.com
How to metal etch a design onto a knife blade or spine. FREE step by step instructions. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
Custom Shark and shipwreck etched chef knife. How to easily create beautiful Metal Etching. Part of the complete online guide to knife making. www.DIYeasycrafts.com

Check out the metal etching on this Viking Battle Axe project. This Viking style axe was up cycled from an old rusty axe head.

Sea Turtle Nautical Themed Chef Knife. How to easily create beautiful Metal Etching. Part of the complete online guide to knife making. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
Custom hand made Chef knife with Shipwreck and shark Nautical blade etching. Functional metal art by Dan Berg. Free step by step instructions from www.diyeasycrafts.com
Easy DIY Metal Etching. Part of the complete online Guide to Knife Making. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
Custom hand made Chef knife with Sea Turtle Nautical blade etching. Functional metal art by Dan Berg. Free step by step instructions from www.diyeasycrafts.com

Start by applying and cutting out clear transparent transfer sheet. We bought this at Michaels Art supply. Design the transparency to cover any areas that will not get etched. Protect the thin blade edge and spine with nail polish. Additional details like the spots can also be added with nail polish

How to easily metal etching Flames on a Knife Blade. FREE step by step instructions. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
Nautical Themed Fish etched custom Chef Knife by Berg Blades. Free step by step instructions from www.DIYeasycrafts.com How to video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz9Z8tNdpVQ

Learn all the tricks of the trade in this short how-to video on metal etching stainless steel.