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Touchmark: need help making one, haha

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I tried to make a touchmark out of a bolt head the other day, and it went... badly. I scraped out what I wanted with files, and tempered the face at an orange heat, thinking it would need it. The end result... well it ain't pretty.


Who's made one? What did you use to carve it out? How do you get a sharp edge on the impression?


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D-2 is good die stock,  mine are from O-1, and I hear H-13 works.   but tempering at orange?  you annealed it my freind, that didnt help, not that it matters much with a bolt  :( read up on  alloys and heat treating and try again.

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