I use this one. I have stamped every knife I have made for a year and it shows no sign of wear yet. I like the ability to order different...
On my stock removal blades, I cold stamp my name after I clean the mill scale off of the profiled blank but before any HT. That way the letters show up black.
I like your logo by the way. If it were mine I would put a Walrus in the middle...Walrus are cool.
Wouldn't cutting them up green cause the pieces to check worse as they dried? I ask because a friend of mine recently cut three large burls off of a Cherry tree and I get to have them for free. I was thinking to let the burls dry for about a year then cut them up so they do not check so badly.
For my stock removal knives I do. I like to have 90% of my ricasso area sanded before HT so I find it easier to sand the profiled blank to 400-600 grit early. I do all of that on my grinder. It also help me to know I am starting with relatively flat blanks too.
You could use black bolts and just recess them in the handle material some BUT that would allow blood, fat and stuff to collect there perhaps a bad thing for a skinner. I would use the Micarta Or G-10 pins myself.
The brass black will wear over time and I am not sure if Tru-Oil will help that process or not. If the Buffalo Horn is stabilized the brass black “should” not affect its color if not there are no guarantees the horn will look the same around your bolts. Tape will not stop all of the brass...