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Pictures here! Services offered- Hand engraving, titanium anodizing, other embellishments...

Discussion in 'The Custom Shop: Services Offered' started by WValtakis, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
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  2. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Engraving pictures

    It occurred to me, many of you may not be familiar with hand engraving or what an Airgraver is;) It's a palm sized pneumatic jackhammer that uses tiny chisels to remove and shape metal :)

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    A.G. Russell titanium Funny Folder, engraved, blackened and anodized

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    Carothers Utility Fighter
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    SMF clone with engraving and tritium install
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    CRK Umnumzaan refurbishment with engraving
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    Wano Knives bolster release auto

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  3. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Anodizing pictures

    CRK Umnumzaan refurbishment
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    Spyderco Advocate scales, bare Ti/gold splashed on blue
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    Protech Godfather, similar color scheme

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  4. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Other embellishments...

    Tritium installed in a CKF MILK backspacer

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    Abalone inlays
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  5. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Good stuff!
     
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  6. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    I have a Ti handled custom framelock that’s terribly slippery... could you use your airgraver to checker it or add some type of texture?
     
  7. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    While it's certainly doable with the equipment, checkering is not something I'd be comfortable undertaking at this point. That being said, the knotwork engraving I typically like to do is cut quite deep by engraving standards and does add quite a bit of texture.
     
  8. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Did some anodizing today on the Stryduhr, the textured background is a dark blue to simulate the "blacking out" that engraving traditionally gets, with bronze on bare titanium for the rest.

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    Decided to carry the background blue onto the borders for a splash of color...

     
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  9. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Knocking out another A.G. Russell Titanium Funny Folder, probably going to post this one for sale here in time for it to be a stocking stuffer:)

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  10. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Your detailing enhances EVERYTHING :cool: Great addition to the knife modding world.
    Nicely done Chip, @WValtakis. :thumbsup:
     
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  11. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Awww shucks...gonna make me blush;) Thanks Ray:D
     
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  12. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Got the background carved out too, pretty much just shading left on the first side:)

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  13. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Playing around with blackening Titanium, seems to work...no more black enamel backgrounds for me!:cool: Pretty damn abrasion resistant too, took some elbow grease to sand it back off the high points:eek::D

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  14. Biochemdawg

    Biochemdawg Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 11, 2018
    That’s astonishing work. I’d do that to every grey knife I own!
     
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  15. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    On the downstretch! Just have to do the shading on the other side, then on to blackening I think!:cool::D

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  16. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Well...it appears the system works! Blackened Titanium take two:cool: I'm probably going to strip the knotwork and anodize, leave the blackened background and frame.:D

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  17. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Wound up just keeping the blackened background, having the frame blend into the background was just weird. The blackening works out great for it though...a nice flat black that really makes the colors and engraving pop:D

    Martin's going to pass, so it's currently available...I'll try to get a sales thread posted up soon:)

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  18. Justin Schmidt

    Justin Schmidt Schmidt Forge Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 18, 2016
    Can you bear blast titanium? Working on some frame locks and I dont have bead blasting equipment
     
  19. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Yup, I do it all the time:thumbsup: Not that I don't want to help you out, but have you checked local machine shops, auto shops, etc? Chances are someone near you has a blasting cabinet, they're really common and it would save you the hassle of shipping.:)
     
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  20. Justin Schmidt

    Justin Schmidt Schmidt Forge Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 18, 2016
    Yeah there's not really anyone nearby I'm in a small town in Florida lol
    I'll shoot you a pm
     
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