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A question of etiquette

rock3r4life Sep 18, 2021

  1. rock3r4life

    rock3r4life Sir shtablington

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    Long story short, I want to make my Katana literally mirror polished; what you get from the factory on a sub 50k sword is usually not glass-like, and maybe I am attempting the improbable/impossible. I know of a prof polisher that theoretically would bring my blade to ├╝ber shine for like $100 an inch (of a 28in blade) using the old fashioned Japanese style polishing (finger stone and the like) but technology has come so far and it's not a Masamune blade,
    And I have loads of time, but my patience level is probably non-existent and I'm worried I'm just making a semi acceptable finish worse.

    I have lots of wetstones, a Ken Onion worksharp blade grinding attachment, and in theory that should work, but I am concerned the geometry will be messed up. Katanas may look flat from the edge to spine but have a SLIGHTLY convex edge, called the niku (Japanese for meat)

    I had a brief thought I could design an addition to the blade grinder to keep the curve in check; think like holding something under a moving belt to keep it from curving so much, but the hypothetical longevity of that would be in-ideal. Perhaps I am just loony.
     
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  2. Rio

    Rio Como un angel JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman Brigade Member

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    Perhaps and this is my assessment to help, grab a small blade like 3-4 inches and try to make it shine like a mirror , is a lot fkkk work to be honest that will help you to give an idea how much time and patience you need for a 28 inch blade.Heres a knife I was working on this is 1000grid polish, there is a few marks that I cleaned up by the edge already but is just a quick pic.
     

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  3. rock3r4life

    rock3r4life Sir shtablington

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    Roughly how long did that take you?

    And with my sword I was told to start at 600, got that and went up, stopping around 10k but I feel/know it has much more potential than the shine it's giving. Hate being impatient , and I hate the fact it hurts typing this because 2 digits are now covered in band-aids. Why oh why do I have to like/enjoy risky and potentially painful things.
     
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  4. Rio

    Rio Como un angel JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman Brigade Member

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    Well 400 sound better then 600& 800, it took me at least 6 solid hrs, 10k??? What you making a rolex?? Dude is a sword 2000-3000 with a buff is plenty good.
     
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  5. snache

    snache Should be a custom title here

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    How about some pictures?
     

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