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The pictures below shows the handmade power supply I made for electro-etching my logo into my knife.
My power supply is above. The cover is removed to show my wiring. Case is 5" X 5.5".
Click on schematic for a PDF file
The below link will help you make a power supply
Hook up your power supply transformer to generate 24 volts. This Controller from Rio Grande will allow you to plug your power supply in and control the DC and AC output
Click picture for more information
POWER SUPPLY HAND MARKER
This Hand Marker will do the job and last you for years maybe a decade or two. An advantage is if you want to change the size you can easily do it. Make the tip section 1/4" larger than the logo you are etching into your knife. The size allows you to firmly press down evenly across the entire logo. There are many other Hand Markers to buy and use....make your own
This one will be custom made by you for you.
HAND MARKER SIZES
Step one Plus:
Assemble supplies. Felt from Jo-Ann Fabrics, 1/4 20 X 5" stainless steel bolt from Home Depot, 1" round Oak stock, from Home Depot, 1" Chair leg pad from Home Depot, Brass Bar .750" X .750" X 1.5" from Sheffield's Knife Supply, Rubber band from Office Max. The Marker brass is that size because I test various size stencils. Cut Oak stock to desired length. Drill 1/4" hole through center of Oak stock. Drill and tap brass bar and do not go through the bar. Place two washers and a 1/4 20 nut on the bolt. Pass the bolt through the Oak Stock and tighten it firmly. Take your banana plug lead wire and tin it with solder. Drill the Chair leg cup just below the hard tip section with a .125" drill bit. Do not run the bit in and out. You want some rubber fiber left in the hole to better hold the wire. bend the wire tip to go around the bolt and place it in between the washers and firmly tighten the nut against the Oak stock. Hack saw the top of the bolt off and clean it up with your belt grinder. Place the cup over the nut, washers and wire. Press it firmly against a hard surface to make sure it's all the way down. Shape the wood as you prefer. Take a long strip of felt and fold it. Place it over the brass tip. Fasten with a rubber band. You're ready to etch. To clean brass after etching just remove the felt and scrape the end of the brass bar across a piece of 220 grit sandpaper that is firmly supported.
TITANIUM ETCH SAMPLE
The etch is better on the Titanium than in the picture.
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TITANIUM MIL - T9046 CP-1
The Etch Blocker was used here to block an area from being sandblasted. The patterns were just cut with sharp scissors. The Etch Blocker is placed on the steel with straight down high pressure...puuush it down firmly. The protected area was sanded finely but could be mirror polished before sandblasting. The Etch Blocker pattern can easily be more intricate. The steel is 416 SS and was sandblasted straight down with regular sand at 80 lbs. The Etch Blocker can also be used when you etch Damascus. After sandblasting remove the Etch Blocker and line up your logo and etch it into your steel A short picture tutorial is on this web page....DAMASCUS...
The strip is 2" X 8". The order has two strips. They will be shipped in the regular mail ...free.
TOTAL: $8.00 if your in Florida add 0.52
SAMPLE GOLD INLAY
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This is stainless steel finished with 800 grit sandpaper and the dark background is just a reflection.
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