I’m looking to get a piece engraved and color case hardened. Does anyone have any experience with a gunsmith who can do such work?
I’ve read the same: that the piece bending or warping is the biggest concern. I haven’t the metal skills to make a proper jig. Maybe one day...but not today. Nor within the next year or two...hence the post. Would be cool to try though.Color case hardening is a unique process. The correct way is using high heat and high carbon medium. I’ve seen gun smiths use store bought charcoal and even dried farm manure. Then limiting the amount of O2 by enclosing the piece being hardened in a metal enclosure with the material. Most pieces require a custom jig and box to be created. I’ve seen both a kiln and a regular fire used as the source of the heat.
One day I’ll try it myself, it doesn’t look too difficult other than making the box and jig to hold it inside.
There are also chemical treatments that can give the appearance of color case hardening, but are not true color case hardening.
BlackFlag Armory in Medford Oregon just opened their custom shop..a little far for you, but theyre a great outfit.I’m looking to get a piece engraved and color case hardened. Does anyone have any experience with a gunsmith who can do such work?