If you look closely in the last couple of pictures you can see a void right in the seam of the solder. No amount of finish work would make that look good. So, I went backwards and re-soldered the seam. I have it looking much better.
Dennis, pardon my multiple questions. Do you use it a bit like a chisel to 'peel' away some of the solder?I have learned something is this process. This simple little brass tool is worth its weight in gold. It does not mar the blade or guard and it removes just enough material to assist in getting a decent finish. If you ever solder a guard, make one. It is a time saver.