I wanted to ask when most of you add your mark- prior to or after handle fit up. I have seen it and done it myself both ways. There are pros and cons to both in my opinion. Just looking for feedback/advice.
If it's an etched mark, I do it after the knife is completed/finished. I think the location of where you place the mark can plan a role..... Personally, when I etch a mark, it's on the blade, forward of the ricasso. If you're marking the ricasso, that makes a difference on when it's applied.
Most of my blades are stamped.....and that is done when thermal cycling, just prior to hardening/quenching.