Engraving puukko WIP...UPDATED WITH PICS- FINISHED

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  1. JasonJ

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    I've never engraved anything, especially not metal.. So yeah it may not have perfectly straight lines..it is done by hand at 32,500rpm after all.

    Inspired by the Seax of Beagnoth, I decided I wanted to name and engrave my new skrama... But since I polished off the black forging scale from my terava 110, I used the longer 140 for this practice run instead.

    I still have to do some crosshatch patterns on both sides and the chevrons on the left... Plus put the knife name on the right side. As I said,WIP.

    I name it, Raven Claw. Ravens have significant meaning in old Norse culture.. The skrama will get an equally Norse name (not yet revealed here).

    The Old Norse runes on the left side are the name of the maker.. LAURIN METALLI. At least that's what all of the online translation sites and charts say... Close enough if not. Lol.

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    Looking good so far! Curious to see the finished results. :)
     
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    Thanks! We are always critical of our own work and it was harder to maintain a straight line than I thought... Found it easier to move the piece and hold the rotary tool steady.

    The Skrama will give me a lot more real estate to work with.. And I'll try to scribe the draft lines deeper.

    I'll post here when the puukko is finished. With the scrollwork and Norse geometric patterns scribes in, gonna be really cool and unique for sure!
     
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    Just a quick engraving tip for electric engravers: Always engrave from right to left, or up to down due to the bit rotation. Otherwise the bit will walk on you and travel outside of your guide lines. Lessons learned the hard way!

    I am currently working on a Viking inspired axe project. Been at it for months in my free time, and will be doing similar to your knife to the axe head. But, when it is finished, it will be a piece of art!

    Here's a teaser pic:
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    Thanks for the tips! That makes a lot of sense now that I think of how it went... With some lines going good and others kinda wonky.

    That axe project looks like it's going to be amazing! Can't wait to see a finished product.
     
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    I will do a write-up on it when its completed. ;)
     
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    That looks really cool!
     
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    Oh man I hate engraving metal, tried once and abandoned it quickly, never could make it clean enough. Wood was forgiving once you figured out which way to cut like metaldog said. Oh yeah...looking good man!
     
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    Shows acid etching on traditional puukko at about 4:55 ->
     
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    That's a great video(and the others in the series)
    Funny I mentioned that video in a different puukko thread but can't link videos.
     
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    Finished the 140 puukko and Skrama engraving/etching today. I'll post a few pics here, mostly of the puukko; the full set with the puukko and skrama together will be in my Skrama Cometh/Skrama Action Pics thread, which I'll link to below.

    I used Elder Futhark runes, as they most easily translate to English. So Raven Claw is now complete. The puukko was my test mule so-to-speak for doing the Skrama. Both turned out great, although my lines are cleaner, straighter and steadier on the Skrama.

    Name of maker, Laurin Metalli on left side, name of blade, Raven Claw on the right with Old Norse raven (sourced from images of artifacts and misc. imagery). Both knives were inspired by the style of the Seax of Beagnoth.

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    Skrama thread with more photos:

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/the-skrama-cometh-ongoing-updates-skrama-action.234643/
     
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    What did you use for the engraving? Dremel with a special head?
     
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    Dremel 4000 with 2.5mm high speed cutting bit. Just skim the surface and it worked great. Especially doing it in lines of the same direction from bottom to top... Rotating the piece to keep the dremel stationary.

    Can't go too much pressure or depth on the Terava blades since the outer layer of the flats is softer steel...the hard stuff is at the edge and under the outer layer.
     
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    Thanks for the info!
     
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    Try using the Dremel diamond coated bits. They have come in a couple of sizes and there are many generic and off brand ones too that have many shapes and sizes. They work way better for engraving than the cutting bits in my experience.
     
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    Will do!

    Needless to say, this project has inspired me to do more metal engraving. On this one I worked with what I had and was ok with a slightly rougher appearance.

    Although I did much cleaner work on the skrama than the puukko.
     
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