I could not find the thread listing the unengravables. I also do not know whether this is blued or stainless or whether kimber even has those options. In fact I know nothing about Kimbers. So please let me in on your experiences and what questions I need to ask the customer.
I suggest that you call Kimber (888) 243-4522 after you once know for sure what specifically you are getting (Blued, SS, or coated). I have found them to be very forthcoming and may offer additional help in planning a project using their fine 1911's
Like Marty I've cut many many Colt 1911 stainless with no problem.
But the very recent production stainless guns have given me fits.
I may have been unlucky in the ones sent to me and complacent because of having no previous problems
Lee, just protect yourself by test cutting the inside of the slide on this Kimber .
That is my normal procedure and I failed follow it on a couple of new production Colts and paid dearly for it.
Several here have recommended test cutting on the inside of the slide. I have always done this when in doubt but found out (the hard way) that it doesn't always work. I was once asked to cut a simple heart and some initials on the top of a Springfield Armory XD slide. I made my test cuts inside...no problem. I found the outside unengraveable. After fighting my way through the outline of the small heart, I used a diamond tipped pantograph for the initials.
When engraved an Mannlicher-Schoenauer I ran into a problem when engraving the receiver the rear end gut fine but as I got to the front it was to hard to cut,had to send it out to be annealed,you never know what problems you'll run in to.I did make a test cut but not in the right place.:no: J.J.
Many semi auto slides are hardened only at the high wear points. You will be going along just fine and then BOOM, harder than can be believed! The slides on two Colts i engraved (one Gold Cup, one Combat Commander) were hard, hard, hard, all over. They got engraved, but I now charge more to do one than I would a blued one.