So we discussed this in another thread but I figured I start a dedicated thread. I recently purchased a 3018 cnc laser/router from Amazon for putting on my makers Mark. It's only a 3w laser so it's nowhere near powerfull enough the etch steel. What you can do is paint the blade with dry moly lube and then etch that. It's supposed to leave a durable grey mark. What I'm doing is to coat the section with nail polish. Once etched, water will remove the etched portion leaving the rest as a resist. You can now electro chemically etch the logo. The etching seems to be extremely precise only etching where the laser hit. I've been testing with a 25mm by 12mm logo. The settings that seem to be working are: 10 lines per mm 100 % laser 150 mm/ min This looks good to the eye. If you want more detail you can increase the lines per mm. I tried 5 but it was too jagged. There's multiple advantages over uv stencils. First is I hated making them. Especially peeling off the plastic. I didnt want to order them because I use multiple metals and like to do custom etches. I put the metal type in my logo. Second its really easy to do a custom logo. You can etch any jpg, but. Etc. I just did a knife from a video game where the customer wanted the logo on the blade. Third, if you burn the logo in the nail polish you can make sure it's the size and position you want. If not simply reapply the nail polish and reburn before etching. This unit also came with a router. I hope to eventually do some relief carvings on handles or sayas. That's more advanced though. I'll keep putting up settings that work.