Rey good to hear from you again. How did you do with the SO? I can buy either a nickel or blued MX8 so it doesn't really matter to me which one but I have a better buy on a new nickel.
The engraver is one of the top 10 in the world so I am sure he knows what he is doing.
the nickel would have to be stripped before engraving,that might cost 75 bucks.
the blued metal is the same hardness ,overplated or not.casehardening is avery easily polished thru skin and carbide engraver will cut right thru it.
Billyboy thanks for that info as a friend of mine bought a blued MX8 from Giacomo and he took the bluing off and the gun was engraved over here. It turned out very nice. I thought from what others said the nickel and blued were the same but G7777777 said no and since he was the only one I am going with the other 99%.
JLS05, you might want to contact Marcello Guliani on this website his screen name is "decimamas54." He does a lot of custom work on Perazzi's, having them custom engraved by top artisans, like Creative Art. He can tell you exactly what the process is. But the short story is that the gun is annealed to make it soft enough to engrave. Then it is engraved and re-hardened to the original specs before the final finish is applied. He can show you examples of his work that are simply museum pieces.
There are several people on this site that own some of Marcello's guns. If you do a search for "MX8 engraving" you will find some threads.