For my final project I have decided to make a butterfly knife. To give it a more unique look, I want to anodize the metal to give it a vibrant color. To anodize metal, you need to run an electric current through the metal in a solution. This process creates an oxidized layer with a unique color depending on the voltage that is being run through it.
Another way to produce a similar outcome is to oxidize the metal by heating it up. This approach seemed easier to accomplish since I did not have the equipment needed to electrically anodize the metal I had. I had originally tried to heat color aluminum but had no success. I then tried it on some old stainless steel i had lying around and had some good results.
I’m going to attempt to electric anodize still to see the outcome, but as of now I will make my knife out of steel. It will be easy for me to work with and and with have the strength to last a long time.