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    mustard finish

    I have no idea how this going to work, butt here goes.
    O1 steel with french's mustard patina. Dabbed on with index finger.

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    Still gotta work on the lighting!
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    Spike,

    Looks pretty good. Try thinning the mustard next time with just a bit of vinegar.

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    Thanks, Rick! I'll try that on another blade, I really like the way this one came out, it looks like exotic flowers in person!
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    BTW, this steel is really non-reactive to most of what I cut with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    BTW, this steel is really non-reactive to most of what I cut with it.
    Yeah, I've got an O1 nakiri that patinas quickly, but hardly reacts at all. Not at all like SK4.

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    That is a cool pattern! Looks like flowers.

    IME the patina gets dark FAST where the mustard is thinnest. You can create patterns by inverting the design, so to speak. Put a thick layer on, and then work quickly to rub down where you want it darker, and wait a few minutes. I did this with a parer recently to put some angled stripes on it, and it worked great.

    Plus I love the smell of mustard.

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    That looks cool! i am going to do my first mustard finish here soon...good to see a finished product with it.

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    That looks cool! i am going to do my first mustard finish here soon...good to see a finished product with it.
    I wonder if there is a way to make more controlled impressions. Now that I work with 52100, I will have to play with it a bit.

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    If you really wanted to make something exact, you could always make a stencil out of good masking tape. If it's pressed down really well, and you have a really fine scratch pattern in your blade, I don't see the mustard bleeding through. You could warm the blade up, do mustard for the grey/brown colour, let it sit. Clean it off and set it with mineral oil for a day or so. Follow that up with a nice red meat patina, set in between your mustard pattern and you'd get a great blue and grayish, interwoven look to the blade.
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