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I have a question now. If you etch a damascus steel blade then put it trough hot bluing will the etching still remain visible at the vary least when looking closely?

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there are numerous things you may be aiming for when you etch , contrast depth of etch and an element of "matting" from acidic action. I dont hot blue stuff but do do very similar stuff with coffee and tea (hot) and prefer the results I get after a deep etch. etch first in vinegar to get depth , then ferric cor some kind of conteast and a little more depth and the the boiling tea/coffee for deep darkening a light pass over with 6000 grit to clean up the high spots.

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I sometimes use a "surgical black" novaculite  stone to go over a blade after etching and  colouring to bring up the Ni layers brighter.  I use it with WD-40.

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