The handle is all fitted and ready for a final satin finish. I got everything polished up nice and shiny on the grinder and a little bit of hand work. I wanted to put a satin finish on this knife, so I left the bolsters attached to the liners and removed the mammoth scales.
Jeweling Liners. It's a subtle detail since you have to look inside the knife with just the right light in order to even see it, but I think it's worth the effort. But, it is quite visible at the thumb release part of the lock bar.
Mr. Titanium if you are interested in the science of the process.
My setup is fairly basic. At the right of the above photo you can see my DC power supply. The negative lead attaches to a sacrificial piece of steel suspended in the electrolyte bath. This particular piece of steel happens to be a messed up liner from the very first folding knife that I ever made. A piece of stainless steel would be better, but this hunk of O1 works just fine and holds some sentimental value. It's as though that first knife is imparting something of itself to all of its progenitors. Kind of cheesy, I know, but hey, I'm sentimental.
The positive lead gets attached to the liner that will be anodized. The bath is filled with electrolyte which is simply water and Borax laundry detergent mixed together to full saturation. In the upper left corner of the photo, you can catch a glimpse of a little color chart with listed voltages for the different possible colors. I have three or four go-to colors that I really like, but it's good to have possibilities to choose from. If you do your own anodizing, don't trust any chart explicitly. Each set up has different variables that effect the true voltage needed to achieve a desired result. Run a trial run with your set up and record the voltages that work for your process before you ruin all the hard work that you put into making your liners.
This has been a really fun build and I continue to learn with each knife I make. The great thing is that I have another knife sitting on my workbench that is just waiting for the detail work, which is the funnest part of knife building. I'll get back on that one if I have some time over the 4th of July holiday weekend coming up.
I appreciate you following along with me on my knife making adventures and hope you are enjoying your visit. Thanks for stopping by the Robinson Edge.
- Brandant Robinson