Ok,,,,,, What's up with this?

Kevin Zito

KNIFE MAKER
Thank you Kevin. I'm not sure you are right about that. Thank you for the compliment.
Lol you’re right... i have no clue what I’m even looking at. That could be a totally ruined piece of steel. But... something about that pattern and the colors catches my eye. I think it’s beautiful.
I’m gonna learn how to do that one day.
 

springer82

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Lol you’re right... i have no clue what I’m even looking at. That could be a totally ruined piece of steel. But... something about that pattern and the colors catches my eye. I think it’s beautiful.
I’m gonna learn how to do that one day.
Thank you.
Im waiting for a few people to chime in. Your right. It might be ruined?
 

mike miller

KNIFE MAKER
It may be nothing more than an oil or grease mark on steel that did not get cleaned off properly.
I would sand it clean again and reetch to see if they disappear.
 

Kevin Zito

KNIFE MAKER
About 20 times. That will build up the W's.
It’s probably too much of a pain, but I would love to see pics of the pattern at different stages. I guess you’d have to etch each time which may be annoying lol. Oh and.... what type of steels are you using? I’m assuming if they are both hardenable, then it won’t matter which one ends up on the edge?
 

springer82

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It’s probably too much of a pain, but I would love to see pics of the pattern at different stages. I guess you’d have to etch each time which may be annoying lol. Oh and.... what type of steels are you using? I’m assuming if they are both hardenable, then it won’t matter which one ends up on the edge?
Kevin I would be happy to etch and put some pics up for you. That is not a problem at all. If it does not go in the bucket or cut up and put in a can. I'll find out tonight when I get home.

This is what I got going now. I started with 22 layers of 1080 and 15n20.
 

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KenH

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First thing to confirm is that surface only, or does it have depth? I'm guessing it's more surface contamination from the etch.

If you wish, do more folds, but I like that pattern. Looks really good to me.
 

EdCaffreyMS

Forum Owner - Moderator
OMG!! I haven't seen that for decades!! That, dear sir, is a case a Steezles! :eek: Not unlike measles in humans. It usually happens with imported steel, that has been in shipping containers aboard ship for extended time frames. The dark, warm, moist environment encourages it's spread, and if not handled promptly, it can wipe out an entire generation of steel! Also, it is highly contagious! Make sure the steel, or anyone who's handled it does not come into contact with outside steel.

Treating it isn't difficult....but requires extreme care. Latex or nitrile gloves, a cleaning solution of windex, alcohol, or in severe cases, acetone. First, any cleanly cut surfaces should be sanded to a clean smooth finish. Aftward, decontaminate the area with any of the products listed in the last sentence. Dry well. The ONLY way to see if your decontamination efforts worked, is to dip the cleaned ends of the steel in ferric chloride, or your chosen etchant...... if those Steezles spots show up, your steel is still infected.....repeat your decontamination steps, and check again. If the spots do not shop up, then you successfully decontaminated those particular pieces. (good job!)

The big issue with Steezles is that you can never be certain you eradicated the disease. Proper shop and steel hygiene is a must to keep it under control. In the end it's really nothing to panic about, because it's rarely fatal to humans.

:)How's that for a Saturday morning funny? I thought it was pretty good. ;)
 

EdCaffreyMS

Forum Owner - Moderator
OH Poo! I thought you were being funny in the initial post! My apologies...I didn't mean to make a mockery of it.

Those are just unclean spots.....in this case, likely something on the surface of your etchant, that got transferred to the steel when you dipped it.
 

C Craft

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OMG!! I haven't seen that for decades!! That, dear sir, is a case a Steezles! :eek: Not unlike measles in humans. It usually happens with imported steel, that has been in shipping containers aboard ship for extended time frames. The dark, warm, moist environment encourages it's spread, and if not handled promptly, it can wipe out an entire generation of steel! Also, it is highly contagious! Make sure the steel, or anyone who's handled it does not come into contact with outside steel.

Ed, that is about as much fun as sending one of the newbies for a blue handled board stretcher. That is the first good laugh I have had in a while!!
 

springer82

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OH Poo! I thought you were being funny in the initial post! My apologies...I didn't mean to make a mockery of it.

Those are just unclean spots.....in this case, likely something on the surface of your etchant, that got transferred to the steel when you dipped it.
If you can get past STEEZLES and not know you are feeding me or someone else a line I have some property for sale. That's like sending a cherry to get paint for the E5 board. It's all in fun!
 
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