My favorite color is BLUE!.............A patina thread.

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That Swedish carbon is surprisingly reactive. Looks like a rainbow!

Oldest trick in the book: just sliced a couple pounds of cooked chicken breast at peak temp out the oven, then rinsed in hot water. Pics were taken with the stock/default setting on my phone, no "mode" or filter and zero editing or enhancements 😍
 
A look at my failed coffee patina on a y tanaka damascus before I remove it. Tried to leave it as long as possible but I just could not get an even patina, or get it really dark. I was able to get a pitch black coffee patina on a similar w1 from tf that looks like it was drawn on by a sharpie. Not sure what the difference was. Tbh I considered even dumping I'm some white vinegar to the mix bit at this point I'm just gonna scratch it with some comet/barkeep and try to start over with a natural patina and be more patient this time. I did a nattie patina at first but it wasn't taking that great.
 

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Nice. His knives are not very reactive. This looks great man.
He etches a lot of his stuff to better show the cladding detail, but if you remove the etch you should get some decent patina from wrought clad.
 
A look at my failed coffee patina on a y tanaka damascus before I remove it. Tried to leave it as long as possible but I just could not get an even patina, or get it really dark. I was able to get a pitch black coffee patina on a similar w1 from tf that looks like it was drawn on by a sharpie. Not sure what the difference was. Tbh I considered even dumping I'm some white vinegar to the mix bit at this point I'm just gonna scratch it with some comet/barkeep and try to start over with a natural patina and be more patient this time. I did a nattie patina at first but it wasn't taking that great.
How did you apply the etching fluid? For even application, you can fill up a tall skinny container and put the whole blade in (if you haven’t done that already)
 
How did you apply the etching fluid? For even application, you can fill up a tall skinny container and put the whole blade in (if you haven’t done that already)
Yeah I used a tall container and left completely submerged. We'll, up to the neck which was as high as I could fill it. I'm not sure what went wrong but i just could not get an even finish. Seeing as the damascus was etched on that's probably it for the damascus finish too. May use it as a project knife to toy around with kasumi finishes. I don't wanna thin it though since I like the feel and how it cuts.
 
A look at my failed coffee patina on a y tanaka damascus before I remove it. Tried to leave it as long as possible but I just could not get an even patina, or get it really dark. I was able to get a pitch black coffee patina on a similar w1 from tf that looks like it was drawn on by a sharpie. Not sure what the difference was. Tbh I considered even dumping I'm some white vinegar to the mix bit at this point I'm just gonna scratch it with some comet/barkeep and try to start over with a natural patina and be more patient this time. I did a nattie patina at first but it wasn't taking that great.
Try etch -> light sanding/steel wool -> etch -> light sanding/steel wool.
Repeat as necessary.

You don't need to sand very much. A little goes a long way with this.
 
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