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    Copper Damascus? Carter?

    So going back more than a few years ago Ryan asked me if I'd ever etched damascus with copper and I of course said no. He then said that we'd have to try it sometime and I said sure but never did. He mentioned it every so often again and again over the years but I never had a damascus knife that I could try this on so I never did it. Finally he sent me one of his Carter neckers to "go for it". Here's the results....


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    So who wants to send in a full size kitchen knife to try this on?

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    Holy crap that is cool. I have a large copper san mai funny with copper accents in the handle that you are welcome to try but no damascus pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalaeb View Post
    Holy crap that is cool. I have a large copper san mai funny with copper accents in the handle that you are welcome to try but no damascus pieces.
    I'm not sure how/if it'll work on that knife. I tried it on a Hiro AS and it did nothing besides temporarily turning the cladding red.

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    That's awsome!

    Just a question though, would it be food safe to have a copper etched knife? It would probably be, because people cook and distill things in copper all the time.

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    Cool. Definitely a unique look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmtb View Post
    That's awsome!

    Just a question though, would it be food safe to have a copper etched knife? It would probably be, because people cook and distill things in copper all the time.

    I had the same question and all I can come up with is that it should be.....but what do I know about that?

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    Looks really cool! I've done it by accident before from all the accumulated acid in the etchant from using copper coated welding wire to dandle stuff in. Will be interesting to see what happens with patina, copper is said to accelerate the corrosion steel, though i'm sure moisture would have to be present on a long term basis for it to cause a problem. I would think treated as a normal carbon blade it could be less reactive, other than a darkening of the copper. Ammonia and salts and things like that tend to cause the blue/green patina on copper.

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    I'm really interested, Dave. Just have to quickly sort out which knife.

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    Would it work on a Mr. Itou R2 damascus? If so I'm way in!

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