kootenay joe wrote:Do you agree that some of the etches that look a little off could have come from the factory that way ? kj
Roland, philosphically, I agree that the knife manufacturing processes in place in the 1920's would yield variances in finished products due the manual nature of those processes. The repeatability of the same person from one etch to the next would vary and the repeatability of 2 different people making etches would likely vary even more. I would also agree that a person re-etching a blade 50 or more years later would produce variances to the original specification.
Practically, I have no idea of the root cause for the appearance any of the etches in the pictures I used.
With regard to etches being worn off, inked on etches would easily be worn off. However some Remington etches are etched into the blade and won't wear off easily. I would expect that aggressive buffing could remove the in the blade etching.
The 2 pictures below represent what I believe the in-the-blade etches are supposed to look like and, in my opinion, reflect the attention to detail, elegance, and precision of craftsmen who took pride in their work.