Engraving a chrome plated axe head

gtsport

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I've been asked to engrave lettering on a chrome plated axe head that will be used for an award in the forestry service. I have not engraved on chrome plate, does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this or if I should pass on it?

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Joe
 

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The axe will likely be very tough or hard metal and the plating will chip if you can cut through it. To properly engrave a chrome plated item requires the plating (usually three layers of copper, nickel and chrome) to be removed and then perhaps re-plated after engraving which means you will lose any fine detail, The metal will be very difficult to cut.

I would pass on such a request!
 

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Actually, they want the main award design on the axe head and smaller plaques on the handle for each annual recipient...also chrome. i think I will pass on this one and suggest they sandblast a design into the head for contrast. thanks for all the input!

Joe
 

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if you cut this, it will likely cause you a lot of greif. the advice above would be the way to go imho
 

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instead of blasting, look into acid etching.
Another option ....
You might search around your area for someone with a laser (jewelers, trophy shop ect.). I had a similar request and ended up convincing the customer to go with the laser option. I know its not hand engraved but ... engraving through chrome plating is gonna be a nightmare.
 

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You could go the route of marking the handle. Be it engraved, burnt in, routed and-filled. Wire inlay could work but i myself have never tried it, but have seen some great examples on this site.
Eric
 

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