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How to Dye?

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:38 pm
by MadTrapper
I posted this also in the Knife Restoration thread but perhaps it more appropriately belongs here.

I have a Case Saddlehorn in Antique Bone. I want to wipe on some yellow oxide dye to add some color. It appears that there's a clear coat of some sort on the existing bone scales, but I'm not completely certain. Any advise on how or if I can do this? Thanks much.

Re: How to Dye?

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:15 am
by KleenCut61
I Have Read Some Horror stories of Guy's Dropping There Knives In 200 Degree Pot of Dye , Only to Realizing the Aftermath on there knife from the salt content of the dye ! ::facepalm:: With satisfactory Results in the color , Not My Cup of Tea ! Other Than Dis- assembly ,I No Of No Practical means of doing it ! Tuff Decision on your Part , good Luck With Your Endeavor . K.C.

Re: How to Dye?

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:12 am
by Ivoryman
I've dyed many times. No horror stories, just success. I use a cue-tip and put little bit on at a time, dab here or there, or paint it on. Remove shortly for less penetration and lighter color. Let it sit on there or even dry to get deeper, richer, color. Fun mod you can do at home. Rit dye, leather dye for sure. Don't know about others. No hot water day or boiling dye for me. For what it's worth.
Top pic top knife is a Case Mini Copperhead Amber bone before dying. then below after dying. Same with before and after on the GEC 74 Mustang.

Re: How to Dye?

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:05 am
by MadTrapper
Thanks for the info guys. Some nice results there Ivoryman!

Re: How to Dye?

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:01 pm
by geocash
Ivoryman wrote:I've dyed many times. No horror stories, just success. I use a cue-tip and put little bit on at a time, dab here or there, or paint it on. Remove shortly for less penetration and lighter color. Let it sit on there or even dry to get deeper, richer, color. Fun mod you can do at home. Rit dye, leather dye for sure. Don't know about others. No hot water day or boiling dye for me. For what it's worth.
Top pic top knife is a Case Mini Copperhead Amber bone before dying. then below after dying. Same with before and after on the GEC 74 Mustang.
Man, those look great! It's also very affordable, fast & I bet it's within my rather narrow range of skills. Thanks.

Re: How to Dye?

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:19 pm
by doglegg
Ivoryman wrote:I've dyed many times. No horror stories, just success. I use a cue-tip and put little bit on at a time, dab here or there, or paint it on. Remove shortly for less penetration and lighter color. Let it sit on there or even dry to get deeper, richer, color. Fun mod you can do at home. Rit dye, leather dye for sure. Don't know about others. No hot water day or boiling dye for me. For what it's worth.
Top pic top knife is a Case Mini Copperhead Amber bone before dying. then below after dying. Same with before and after on the GEC 74 Mustang.
Knives to dye for Iman! :lol: