Another of my signature “Knapped Steel” knives. I had so much fun playing with the antler and potassium permanganate from you kagamibuta adventure, I decided to make a knife handle.
Above is the knife I “carved” prior to heat treatment. I use a scan like this to design (on paper) a pleasing shaped handle.
And, above, the results of the last trip in the hot potassium permanganate bath. I’ll remove more of this for the final coloring of the handle, ready to engrave some petroglyphs on. I call this “engraving” rather than scrimshaw. Scrimshawing doesn’t remove material from the surface of the ivory/antler or whatever material is being used, while engraving does. Hence the difference. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Above, I’ve engraved the lines for my petroglyphs, and “painted” concentrated potassium permanganate into the grooves. I use a very tiny synthetic artist’s paintbrush for this, and will repeat “filling the ditches” with the potassium permanganate solution several times to build up the depth of color I want. By the way, I also use a tiny bit of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate, or washing soda) in the solution as a wetting agent. It seems to help. In the sun petroglyph above, you can see some of the purple potassium permanganate in the grooves, before it has oxidized the antler. A few minutes later, and the color will be dark brown.
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