What is this new fangled "Stone Wash" finish on knives?

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What is this new fangled "Stone Wash" finish on knives?

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Sat May 31, 2014 3:55 pm

I remember bead blasted and sand blasted blades from years ago...but Cold Steel and others have started doing this "Stone Wash Finish". Can someone here please explain to me what this is? And honestly, with all due respect, it looks ugly to me. That is just my opinion of it.

I also remember parkerizing and phosphate coatings.

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Postby The Deacon » Sat May 31, 2014 5:04 pm

In theory, it hides scratches, which is why some folks like it. I imagine others just think it looks "rugged". Downside is, anything that increases surface area increases the chance of corrosion. I don't care for it either, it always looks like the galvanized steel garbage pails of my youth. However, knife companies have to cater to a wide variety of tastes, some of which are bound to differ from yours, or mine.
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Postby Leon » Sat May 31, 2014 5:32 pm

I actually really like the stonewash finish..It does hide minor scratches quite well..
A "well done" stone wash looks pretty sexy in my opinion..like the one on southard or techno

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Postby xceptnl » Sat May 31, 2014 5:50 pm

I love stonewashed blades and Ti handles. They hide scratches, but also add an interesting pattern to the materials. Look at the Southard for example.
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Postby paladin » Sat May 31, 2014 6:13 pm

Different strokes for sure...

A well-executed stonewash adds visual interest, IMHO...

It yields highlights which are subtle in the right lighting and adds a little bit of depth effect to the steel...

The Southard & Techno are good at hiding fingerprints, if you're that prissy about your blades...

It really is a form of engineered surface damage to a certain extent, without a lot of benefit functionally...

Still, I like it on some models...

I lol'd when I read Paul's "garbage can" comparison...I can see where you'd get that :p ...
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Postby Jeremy_A_Neel » Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:48 am

I like the new "blackwash" kershaw and zt knives, which have a dlc coating that's stonewashed a little. I think Direware did it first though.
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Postby v8r » Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:26 pm

Jeremy_A_Neel wrote:I like the new "blackwash" kershaw and zt knives, which have a dlc coating that's stonewashed a little. I think Direware did it first though.
Im with ya on that. Saw a knife this weekend that had that blade finish and a battleship gray g10 scale, talk about pretty and would be camouflage against jeans well.
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Postby Evil D » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:27 pm

That blackwash finish is sexy. I especially like the scalloped Ti side.
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Postby ourgon » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:06 am

Here is my Endura after acid stonewash made by friend. Blade is modified into shape of Endura 3. Pocket clip, screws and backlock is washed in olive oil after heating by me.

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Postby Jeremy_A_Neel » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:43 am

ourgon wrote:Here is my Endura after acid stonewash made by friend. Blade is modified into shape of Endura 3. Pocket clip, screws and backlock is washed in olive oil after heating by me.

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Man, I love the blade shape of the older Enduras! Great looking stonewash.
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Postby Michael Janich » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:54 am

A bit of history... Bob Taylor and REKAT were the first (to my knowledge) to use the stonewash finish on production knives. Bob did a lot of very cool stuff back in the day. For a small company, REKAT was a very forward-thinking and trend-setting influence on the industry.

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Postby Evil D » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:02 am

That Endura has one of the best DIY stonewash finishes I've seen. Every Maybe I need to use a different medium when I tumble mine, I get a much larger scratch pattern than that.
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Postby ourgon » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:12 am

Here is another knife with acid stonewash I have, but not Spyderco.

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Postby xceptnl » Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:27 am

This was my DIY from over a year ago. This was a second hand purchase that was already a Franken-Spydie so I stripped it and went to work.
Blade, lockbar, clip and even fastener (heads only) were ferric treated and stonewashed.

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Postby Johnnie1801 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:00 pm

That's a great job on the Delica, were the frn scales dyed before you got it?
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Postby xceptnl » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:24 pm

Johnnie1801 wrote:That's a great job on the Delica, were the frn scales dyed before you got it?
Thank, those were from the original white run of Delicas.
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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:32 am

Stonewashed blades are unfinished blades, IMHO.

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Postby GCG199 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:29 am

I don't mind the stone-washed finish.

It is better than the bead-blasted finish in my experience.

I am glad to see that most knife making companies have phased the bead-blasted finish out.
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Postby xceptnl » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:55 am

GCG199 wrote:I don't mind the stone-washed finish.

It is better than the bead-blasted finish in my experience.

I am glad to see that most knife making companies have phased the bead-blasted finish out.
Amen to this. I would prefer a mirror polish that would show every finger print / scratch to a flat bead-blast.
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Postby jmh58 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:10 pm

Landon.. That is SOOO KOOL!! Nice job!! John
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