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Thread: Mirror Polished Blades?

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    Mirror Polished Blades?

    Do you guys price your knives with mirror polished any differently that a blade with a satin or bead blasted finish? I've been finishing up a knife for a customer and have spent way too much time getting the mirror polish just perfect. It's been a while since I've done a mirror polished blade and I guess I'd forgotten just how much work it is.

    Mike

    I came into this world with nothing, and I still have most of it left.

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    I do, as you usualy have to spend allot more time on them time=money and > time= < happy wife

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    George Tichbourne Guest
    It does not take a lot of time if your technique is right to put a mirror finish on a blade.

    If anything I think that a hand rubbed finish should be priced higher than a mirror finish because hand rubbed is all hand work.

    George

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    George you have a very valid point ive been making razors and its all hand work and takes a long time to do I would have to say hand rubbed would be more money. kellyw
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Tichbourne View Post
    It does not take a lot of time if your technique is right to put a mirror finish on a blade.

    If anything I think that a hand rubbed finish should be priced higher than a mirror finish because hand rubbed is all hand work.

    George
    Well then I guess my technique isn't quite right.
    On a hollow ground blade it takes me way to long to get the hollow scratch free as I do everything above 220 by hand.

    Mike
    I came into this world with nothing, and I still have most of it left.

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    Maybe I'm missing something? but how are you getting a polished finish without first hand rubbing out all of the scratches then polishing? I really dont like polishing just for the fact that I can see scratches and it bugs the crap out of me

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    George Tichbourne Guest
    Before heat treating I remove all deep scratches then after heat treat I belt the knife with a 400 cork belt coated with green stainless steel cut and colour compound then buff.

    It is amazing how many scratches the 400 cork belt will remove but you will have to stay with it until you cannot see any more scratches before going to the buffing wheel. Buffing should take no more than 5 or 6 minutes per side.

    George

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    makes sence, I have always took the knife to 400 on the belt and then handsanded until it was cleaned up and polished. I will have to try to find a 6x48 cork belt lol switching to a 2x72 in a short while.

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    Just keep going to the finer grits just like hand sanding but on the grinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfumo View Post
    makes sence, I have always took the knife to 400 on the belt and then handsanded until it was cleaned up and polished. I will have to try to find a 6x48 cork belt lol switching to a 2x72 in a short while.
    trugrit has a 6X48 cork belt but only in 800 grit.

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