Sign in to follow this  
Alan B

Etchant formulas for damascus

Recommended Posts

For chain saw chains I use straight Ferric Chloride
For cable I use 6 ounces of ferric chloride mixed with 1/2 gallon of muriatic acid.
For most other damascus I use a mix of 6 ounces of ferric chloride with 1 gallon of muriatic acid.
Alan Brazzel
WARNING: using the above formulas may expose the user to chlorine gas as well as the caustic action of the etch. Use in well ventilated area and avoid all contact with clothing, eyes and skin! :!:

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

For bandsaw blades and steel strapping I like using vinegar and salt---a supersaturated solution and heated. Does not do much topo but has a very bright shiny etch compared to using ferric chloride.

I have also used a tannic acid solution to give blue/purple-blacks on a pattern welded blade.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this