When people ask me about etching cable Damascus I'll usually say, "it will tell you if you've heat treated it right."  You see, if not hardened cable will pattern out muddy and muted.  Here's a little pictorial showing just that.  The three knives all spent the same amount of time in etch together.  The top one was fully hardened, the middle was edge hardened, the bottom somehow didn't go through heat treat.  I had a bunch going, and that happens.  [mad]  But it makes for a good illustration.  The last picture is the bottom knife after being heat treated properly.


Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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That's very helpful for us beginners.  Thanks.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Very enlightening. Thank you!
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