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Dog Soldier 6 vs Alpha Dog 6

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by zmbhntr, May 8, 2019.

  1. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    A bead blasting cabinet is a great tool. We call it "the time machine". Old rusty parts go in, brand new looking parts come out. Lol!
     
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  2. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    I did a little research. My local powder coating shop, said they could blast it for me for $20. I imagine they could easily do it without doing any damage. I hope.
     
  3. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    Yep. That res c is tougher than a two dollar steak. I blasted a tan handled BB13 and it didn't phase the material but the microscopic pieces of the black coating that were recirculated thru the system got pounded into the handle so it discolored it a little bit but with the black handle you'll be fine.
     
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  4. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    I ended up getting a dremel 3000 to finish off the DS6 strip project. The sandblast guy had too course of a media, I would have ended up sanding anyway. I’m pretty happy with it! Started with a wire wheel then worked my way down the sanding / polishing kit. 185BE744-04ED-424F-8FC6-C9C7BA4E3716.jpeg 545D846A-B60B-4B09-8EF5-8C78A78BDBD0.jpeg
     
  5. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    Looks awesome!
     
  6. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    Thanks for the tips along the way! I’m glad I went for it:D
    Great example of the helpfulness of this forum and its members! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  7. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Da**! THAT looks NICE!
    Already have a dremel.... now I see I'm going to have to do this to mine. And etch the name. i've tried over and over to do the electroetching, but it has never worked. I've gotten the PCB etching to work, and yours turned out great!

    So, wire wheel to start? Well, after the stripper? The stainless wheel, or brass?
     
  8. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    For the etching. I put those drops on the logo left it for roughly 45 min. Cleaned it with hot water toothbrush and soap. Then repeated about 8 Times. Did it about four times after work for 2 days.
     
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  9. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    I used the stainless wheel. I went thru 2 of them. Probably because I pushed too hard at first. But be careful with the wire wheel. It will eat up the res-c. But you can run it right next to the res-c and get all the decarb. Just be careful.
     
  10. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    I then went thru each wheel of this kit , finishing with the polish. A418C495-4240-4DC1-9693-178DCDE71D97.jpeg
     
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  11. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Nice. I think I have that specific kit, and one stainless brush wheel, or part of it.
    I guess I better get to work on the etching today. :D

    I wonder if a couple of layers of masking or painter's tape would help protect the Res-C. Probably couldn't hurt. At least would give you a slight warning before it started eating Res-C.

    Thanks for the help. I'll try to post mine if I can get it to come out looking not like ****. :eek:
     
  12. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    Tape is a good idea. Good luck man! I’ll be looking forward to the pics!
     
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  13. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Well, put about 5 or 6 hours into the etching over the weekend. I THINK it is deeper. It's just so difficult to tell. I started getting impatient and leaving the etchant on longer. I think that was counterproductive, though. I think after it is on there 30 minutes or so, it needs to be refreshed. Like something in the solution is no longer working. Dunno.
     
  14. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    I was also unsure if I had gone deep enough. I took out another coated blade to compare the logos. The etched one was noticeable deeper. I was also worried to go too deep because the INFI letters are so fine. I didn’t want them to not look sharp.
     
  15. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Hmmmm .... yeah, I think I see what you mean. On mine that is. Maybe I’ll just stop now, and go ahead and strip. I mean, worst case, it isn’t any better that the others I’ve stripped, which I didn’t increase the etching...
     
  16. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    That was the part of the stripping process, that I had to just trust that it was good. You only get one chance at etching it deep enough. I think if you can feel it with your fingernail, then it’s good. I wasn’t sure if it was deep enough, but it was.
     
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  17. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Thanks Jackmandu. I can definitely feel it with my fingernail. So I guess it's good enough.
     
  18. JACKMANDU

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    471
    Feb 10, 2019
    For sure man! Take lots of pics
     
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  19. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    When I do mine I seem to get the deepest etch by doing lots of short (15 minutes or so) applications and using a q-tip to scub off the blacked layer of steel at the end of each one, so the etchant can get a fresh bite on some clean steel.
     
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  20. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Hmmmm.... maybe I should give it a couple more shots.
    I was wiping clean and re-applying about every 30 minutes for about the first 4,maybe 6, applications. The another couple that I left for a couple hours (mainly because I forgot).
     

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