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  1. #21

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    Remember also that the depth of the mark is not quite as important with electro-etching because you mark your blade when it is hard. I do mine after the blade is finished. Etching damascus can be a bit tricky so I recent went to an oval mark where I can mask it off with resist like a Sharpie or nail polish. I saw Bruce Bump do that.

  2. #22
    I moved from stamping to etching late last year. I built my own electro etcher. It cuts on DC and darkens on AC like the Personalizer. Many of the guys over at BF and elsewhere have done the same, there is a good set of easy to follow directions and a parts list for the build at this page:

    http://chriscrawfordknives.com/elect...nit/4535265119

    All of the electronic parts can be ordered online from Radio Shack, the parts list has the RS part numbers and all. My out-of pocket for the whole build was about $65. It took me probably three hours to build, and the result is a very good marking machine. Many who have built the machine have added a 12V/24V selector switch so that one may choose how aggressively the machine cuts. Others have used an 18V transformer instead of the 12V, and arrived at the current they wanted. Searching in shoptalk at BF will yield good explanations of these mods.

    I use mine as the original plans show, at 12V. It works fine.

    Then I went and ordered stencils from Ernie Grospitch, who is great to work with. He was very helpful with mark design and sizing, and I think he shipped the stencils before I even payed him. They got here fast and work great, you may burn a couple while learning but after that they are very durable and one will make MANY marks.

    http://www.erniesknives.com/knifemaker_stencil.html

    Just my $0.02.

  3. #23
    Thanks Salem. This sounds like something I will end up doing.

    M


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  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem Straub View Post
    I moved from stamping to etching late last year. I built my own electro etcher. It cuts on DC and darkens on AC like the Personalizer. Many of the guys over at BF and elsewhere have done the same, there is a good set of easy to follow directions and a parts list for the build at this page:

    http://chriscrawfordknives.com/elect...nit/4535265119

    All of the electronic parts can be ordered online from Radio Shack, the parts list has the RS part numbers and all. My out-of pocket for the whole build was about $65. It took me probably three hours to build, and the result is a very good marking machine. Many who have built the machine have added a 12V/24V selector switch so that one may choose how aggressively the machine cuts. Others have used an 18V transformer instead of the 12V, and arrived at the current they wanted. Searching in shoptalk at BF will yield good explanations of these mods.

    I use mine as the original plans show, at 12V. It works fine.

    Then I went and ordered stencils from Ernie Grospitch, who is great to work with. He was very helpful with mark design and sizing, and I think he shipped the stencils before I even payed him. They got here fast and work great, you may burn a couple while learning but after that they are very durable and one will make MANY marks.

    http://www.erniesknives.com/knifemaker_stencil.html

    Just my $0.02.
    Bookmarked.

  6. #26
    I took a lazy route and ordered Personalizer Plus. But great info, thank you.

    M


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  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    I took a lazy route and ordered Personalizer Plus. But great info, thank you.

    M

    Aside from the extra $$ being spent you'll love this thing because (after a few screw ups) it works like charm.

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Martell View Post
    Aside from the extra $$ being spent you'll love this thing because (after a few screw ups) it works like charm.
    I barely have time for anything these days, but wasn't it the case, I would have gotten the parts and put one together.

    Look forward to. Thanks for warning, Dave, I already put aside a few scrap pieces for etching.

    M


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  9. #29

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    Marko, If you etch deep and then mark, don't freak out the first time you lift the stencil and your mark is smeared. Just hit it with some polishing paper or 2000 grit sand paper for a couple of strokes to clean the gunk away and you will be amazed.

  10. #30
    thanks for the tip.

    M


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