I tried my hand at blue/blackening armour today. I have to say, for my first attempt, I am pretty damned happy with my results.
I used a Bernz-O-Matic torch, readily available at any Home Depot or Lowe’s Home improvement centres near you. For a quench, I used a can of WD-40, which seems to have done the trick. I opted for WD-40 since it had a spray nozzle, and I really had no good method for dunking red-hot metal into water.
I heat blued both my new gorget, as well as my burgeonet helm… pics of the results follow:
While the blueing isn’t as even as I would like, I am indeed growing fond of the imperfections as it gives the pieces a bit more character than a consistent finish would. More over, I just like the fact that I won’t look like everyone else on the field.
Of course the most important part, and the driving reason for trying my hand at heat blueing: I won’t have to worry as much about rust. And THAT is a very, very good thing.