Stonewashing is the easy knife modification, creating the new look for the knife. Because of being a simple way, you can properly do it at home. However, you should see the guide first to know the basic step to carry out. I will show you how to stonewash a knife, and you can use this method for any knife. People have the different way to stone wash; I will show you the step using the popular and accessible materials.
In case your knife has the thumb stub which is not removable you should know that this thumb stub can loosen up at the time of stone washing. You can compress thumb stub by using the plier or the other tools.
Stonewashing can damage the blade’s edge, so you need to sharpen your knife after stone washing.
Customizing the knife can avoid the warranty associated with it.
How to stone-washing a sknife yourself
Because you are using some dangerous chemicals, so you have to ensure the safety. You should prepare goggles, eye protection, gloves, respirator if you have to protect your nose from the dangerous air in the chemical reaction. All the containers, measuring tools and funnels have to be glass or plastic because the metal can corrode.
2. Collect the chemicals
– Hydrochloric acid, It is available in most of the hardware stores.
– Hydrogen peroxide 3%, you can buy in some local pharmacy.
– Acetone which use to clean and remove oil from the metal surface.
– Nail polish( black or red color)
– Reinforcement stickers.
– Banking soda using for neutralizing the hydrochloric acid etchant.
– The plastic or glass measuring device and plastic funnel.
– Water or dish soap.
Using the bone stock knife, you need to disassemble this knife properly. You have to make sure that all the screws, standoffs, springs are separated in the secure container.
4. Cleaning up the parts
After disassembling the parts, you have to wear the gloves and glasses then clean all these parts thoroughly with acetone. You have to move the oils from these parts because the oil can make the poop etching. Remember that do not touch any parts without the gloves.
If you use the nitrile, you have to change your gloves. Apply nail polish to all parts of the knife that you do not want to be etched. You should use the stencil (reinforcement sticker) to keep your work more professional. Making sure that all the thread and hole edges are painted. The tolerance on the great knife with high quality is so close to that the micron removed by the acid can make the change to the blade’s geometry, as the results of lock rock and poor action.
Creating the hanger that allows you to place the parts to be etched in the glass jar/ bottle. Then put the jar in the larger bowl and surrounded by baking soda. Baking soda will neutralize the spill. Take the plastic or glass measuring device and funnel, add two parts hydrogen peroxide and slowly insert a part of muriatic acid to etching container. Do not ass H2O2 to HCL; this reaction can be violent if you do it wrong. Add acid to hydrogen peroxide; the solution begins to turn to green when it contacts with steel.You should concentrate on the speed of reaction and check it every minute until reaching to the darkness.
After the step six, you get the desired darkness; you have to place it into the nearly boiling water. It is the step happening when acid bluing gun parts and creating the darker etch. Take out the parts from the water after 30 seconds to one minute and then neutralize the remaining acid with baking soda. You have to use baking soda to neutralize the acid then clean by water and dry it properly.
In this step, you have to clean up all the tool that you used before and mark your container well and cover to avoid accidental ingestion.
In this step, you should oil your blade and leave it with your new, darker. You will have to put your parts one at a time in your tumbler and add your media. You can use brass cases or stones. Place stones inside the jar along with the blade. When it is done, you put everything on the liberal spray or a mix of water and dish soap. Finally, close up the container.
You wrap the jug in the towel and tape it up. Then place in a clothes dryer, tumble on and heat setting for at least 10 minutes. It will be in the light pattern.
11. Cleaning up
Clean up everything, washing with soap and water to remove oil and dirt first. Use the gloves and acetone to get rid of nail polish by the paper towel or whatever you have in your hand. Then reassemble the knife and check your pivot for the gritty feeling, take it apart and clean up again. After cleaning, you can use the thread locker or screws, and the blade is centered. Finally, you do not forget to sharpen your knife before using. Sharpening is the insensible step which helps to take the sharp level of the knife and support you to cut thing easier.
In conclusion, stone washing is the necessary skill when you use the knife. Especially, it is not the easy task, so you have to read the guide carefully first, then do it step by step. Do not miss any step to ensure your safety in the process. I hope that my page can help you a little bit in stone washing your knife and create the new appearance of your knife. Thank you for reading. Enjoy your day!