The guards have surfaces that will be more difficult to polish after they are attached, so I’m doing it now. Some of it will have to be re-done, but I’ll still be ahead some.
Here the main guard is at 1000 grit.
Here it is buffed:
Now it’s time to finish polishing the blade. Needless to say, polishing hardened steel is much more difficult than the soft bronze guard. I finish up on the belt grinder at 600 grit, then I go to 1000 by hand.
Here it is at 600 grit:
Here you can see I’m just starting to remove the 600 grit scratches:
Here one half of this side is finished:
Now the same thing is repeated, with 1200 grit, then again with 1500 grit.
After 1500 grit, it’s time to buff. The buffer is one of the most dangerous tools I have. I’ve heard stories of knives being stuck in concrete walls, and guys getting their hands impaled, and I believe them. I’ve never had an accident, thank the Lord…
To be continued…