## Makers Mark/Touch Marks

• 17
So i have a touch mark... its simple but a good design. I was wondering if anyone has messed around with IR codes on the opposite side of their makers mark? something to identify you a little easier. I know its not traditional but its an idea i was thinking about.

Thoughts?

Pics for reference/example

• 10
That would be really cool especially if hot stamped!
• 17
I would be afraid that a hot stamp would not get all of the IR details... I think i am going to just etch it in.
• 21
i like the idea, but its going to have to be quite large in order to get the detailing right. i wonder if laser etching it would be better?
• 17
sizing is an issue too. Wanna make sure it reads. Do you have a laser etcher? Any recommendations?
• 21
no, unfortunately not. got to play with one briefly on the job last year, and being in Zimbabwe i dont ever see me being able to own something like that. but maybe states side there are shops that can contract that out?
• 45
Laser = \$
• 17
thanks for dumbing it down for me! LOL... I think I may have an option here for laser etching, they are just not pleasant to deal with. Sooooo is the consensus that electro etching harden steel is not a great idea I’d fine detail (like a QR code)... furthermore do we think a QR code is readable through Damascus?
• 21
i think it would be doable with just electro etching, but in order to get the fine detail, you may need to up the size, and hence possibly detract from the knife.

and i would hazard a guess that it wouldnt be a great idea on damascus, especially if you get the contrast that Mareko is famous for
• 17
Yeah, I’m not anywhere near that quality. Not even close
• 3
You could always print it on a business card, or the packaging that comes with the knife. How do you make the IR code?
• 17
I just use a QR code Generator

https://www.qr-code-generator.com/

you type in your web address and it will generate it for you
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