The classic 1911

This customer requested a .45 1911 in a classic look. My plan was to do traditional bluing. However, the slide is stainless, and stainless can’t be blued. So I went to plan B and used midnight blue Cerakote. Wow is all I can say. The classic checkered wooden grips really dress it up. All the external parts will be black with a little bit of bare stainless just to give it a little more pop. I can’t wait to finish this one. Who knew class and simple could look so drop-dead sexy?


Looks great!


I’m not going to google much these days. Can stainless be parkerized?


Mn or Zn parking does not work on most stainless steels. There are stainless steels that can be blued. There are special hot blueing salts (Brownell’s and Du-Lite) for many other types of stainless steels. You can do salt bath ferritic nitrocarburizing like Melonite, physical vapor deposition like IonBond or DLC, or chemical vapor deposition, plasma coating… and a bunch of other stuff. There are a ton of options out there that will produce a beautiful black finish.