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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny.B.Good View Post
    Is it starting to turn pretty colors?
    Oh, yeah. A fair amount of purple and blue--with the damascus swirls, it's kind of like a muted peacock feather. Unfortunately I don't have the knack for getting it to show up in photos.

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    How deeply was the blade etched when you got it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ******* View Post
    How deeply was the blade etched when you got it?
    Now, how exactly would she be able to answer that question, lol? Given your experience, you can probably get a better idea from checking out the pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ******* View Post
    How deeply was the blade etched when you got it?
    Sorry--left my optical comparator in my other pants.

    Here's a photo showing the etched damascus:



    The smell problem seems to have resolved as the patina has built up. It's actually got more of a smell when it's being washed than when it's being used. Makes me wonder about the chemistry involved. Isn't the sense of smell triggered by molecular interaction with the olefactory receptors? If so, something volatile is causing the stink.

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    What sort of knife is that?

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    By using your calibrated fingernail comparator. if it goes bumpity bump (thats a technical term) then it is probably etched deep. I was wondering if maybe the residual etchant or oxides might be causing the stink. Someone recently made a comment that deeply etched damascus might cause some food sticking, so I just assumed that folks on here knew what deeply etched damascus looked like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlord View Post
    What sort of knife is that?
    It's a filet knife.
    @*******: In order to make that call, you'd have to have some basis for comparison. Unless you are a knifemaker, hang out with knifemakers, or own (or have seen) multiple etching jobs, not that many folks are going to have a great idea of how to judge the depth of an etch.

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