Tuesday, March 31, 2015

HT1 HIDDEN TANG - BLADE FINISHING

Hand sanding is always a bit of a chore, so to speed things I am a finishing with the Scotch-Brite belt.
Scotch-Brite on 10" contact wheel. Nice and slow and dipping in water. This will get hot!
Then a buff with black compound.
Once a near mirror finish emerges, any little scratches are evident.
Back to 220 grit, then 400, then 600 for a satin finish.
Now time for the maker's mark. I electro-etch this with an etching power supply, pad and electrolyte intended for stainless steel.
Here is the mark on the blade. Ready to apply some tape to the blade and get on with the guard and handle components.

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