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Silver Sharpies

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by cjweaver13, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. cjweaver13

    cjweaver13

    43
    Jun 19, 2018
    Thought I'd pass this along. I accidently found silver Sharpies are a great layout tool. I used it to draw my outline on a piece of hardened steel. Cut the chunk off with my angle grinder and put it in the forge to anneal. Came back and even though the steel oxidized a little the sharpie outline was completely in tact and visible. I'm guessing it survived temperatures at least to 1600*. Noy sure what else you guys used. I've seen ervyrhint from layout paint, blue marker, chalk, spray paint over template etc... But I'll hunt for a few more silver Sharpies after seeing that. I'm happy for any other fun ideas too!
     
  2. kuraki

    kuraki Fimbulvetr Knifeworks

    Jun 17, 2016
    I use silver welding pencils a lot.
     
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  3. cjweaver13

    cjweaver13

    43
    Jun 19, 2018
    Never even payed attention to these in my shop. I'll have to grab some too
     
  4. golfer1

    golfer1

    357
    Nov 24, 2016
    I really like the silver welding pencils. What kind of sharpies did you use?
     
  5. cjweaver13

    cjweaver13

    43
    Jun 19, 2018
  6. kuraki

    kuraki Fimbulvetr Knifeworks

    Jun 17, 2016
    The silver pencil is easier to see under a welding hood.
     
  7. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    I use the white metal markers. The titanium oxide colorant survives even stainless HT. I label the blades with metal type and any other info so I can ID them post HT.
     
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