Here are some pics of a delica and stretch that i mirror polished, both the blade and clip.
I think it makes the blade look better and slice better too, plus adds more rust protection. I did an H1 pacific salt too, but its all scratched up. Overall it takes a little time, but its fun. I sold these 2 on ebay. In the future i may do more. i can make them look a little better than this now as this was like a year ago or more.
I can't wait to mirror the new manix lightweight or another knife that i think would look cool mirror polished.
What knife you guys think would look great polished like that. What i usually do is after using the knife how it comes for a year or so; when it starts to look worn down and paint is coming off the clip i'll polish it. (Edited)
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That looks fantastic on the purple Delica! Keep doing it on the nice, bright colored ones, I say. Thanks for sharing, and welcome.
- best wishes, Jazz.
To the guys that tumble their blades, is it a concern that the edge might get damaged while being tumbled with the rocks?
Yup. It is not a concern...it is a certainty.
Ken (my real name)
...learning something new all the time.
well you need a bench grinder, 3 different compounds, and a few wheels; 1 for each compound. Get 1 course and one softer buffing wheel. At home depot they have the 2 kind. one is for buffing the other is for polishing, they only have 2. then you will need 3 different compounds. Brand Ryobi: C, E, and H. start with the coarse buffing with C (black emery), then clean and go to E (yellow), and then use a softer wheel with E, then finish with H (white Jewlers rouge). clean in between and use rags. I would spend like 1-2hours per compound. atleast 1. so it takes around 4-5 hours or so. And another half hour for the clip. once done i would use flitz to polish it as well. overall its pretty cheap. like 50 for the grinder, and maybe another 50 for all the stuff. But you can do any knife, gun, or any steel you want then. i find H1, the powder steels, and then the very tough sk-5 or 1095 to be the hardest to polish in that order. you can skip the soft wheel (E) yellow stage if you want, but putting the time in will give you a perfect mirror in the end. hope that helps. thanks.
Waiting for....Calypso Jr.,
Replaced the T6's with T8's, swapped the brown G10 with the scale from a Ti Military, patina'd and tumbled the CPM-M4 blade, rounded the spine, bead-blasted the clip but left the underside smooth (not in the pic), replaced the backspacer with standoffs, polished the edge. Bead-blasting and blade mods done by So-Lo.
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Here are some pics of a Tenacious I hacked up.... literally. I was kind of experimenting and it got to the point where I just decided to make it look sloppy purposely considering I had done so before I could admit it was on purpose
I still need to smooth that back dip I made.... I'm not really sure why it's there but like I said, I was experimenting!
Not gonna lie - I kinda like that, Domino. Very rough and artsy. Thanks for sharing.
- best wishes, Jazz.
Does that void the warranty?
Domino, I think it actually looks pretty cool, definitely a one of a kind
Thanks guys It's kind of a Tenacious from Hell... but who says there's something wrong with that?
I might play around with the g10 a little bit more even though I'm starting to run out of material to hack away
Boarder burn Lum Chinese.