This is a REAL KNIFE hand painted by me, made to order.
First I sandblast the old paint off, to create better adhesion. Then I clean the surface using metal prep. This also helps the paint adhere. Then I use a self-etching primer that eats into the metal a little bit to get a strong bond. Using spray paints and a masking tape, the shapes are designed. Finally I finish the knife with Imron, a durable clear finish commonly used on Nascar. The resulting finish is as durable as they come. About as resilient as a car paint job. It will resist most small scratches. Scratching Rocks, metal or other hard objects will damage the paint. As a decorative piece, the finish should last nearly forever. With heavy use, expect heavy wear.