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Damascus colors washing away


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Hi all,

A buddy and me made 2 damascus blades. One etched in vinager and the other in FC.

After a short time of very moderate kitchen use (cutting and gentle washing), the colors are almost gone. Re-etching works, but is that the norm? I expected the colors to be forever (short of polishing).

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Also, what steels were used for the pattern weld?  Some combinations are very subtle, and some a lot bolder (i.e. mild/high carbon steel verses 1084/15N20).  As Steve indicates, the depth of the etch can have a great effect on it's permanence.  In my recent experimentation with pattern welding I have found that multiple short etching baths with vigorous brushing off of the oxides in between each dip (I use an old toothbrush) seems to be more effective than just a long soak in the acid.

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