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Old 10-09-2010, 14:03   #1
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Polishing blades and blade repair

I have a high carbon knife from the Philippines (a Balisong) and the steel has some streak staining (for a lack of a better term). What is the best way to polish those out? I have no idea how to do it. I considered a very fine sandpaper.

My second question. There are some tiny dents on the edge of the blade and I tried sharpening it and most came out but there are tiny residual dents. Any recommendations?

Lastly, is there a limit on how many times a knife may be sharpened?
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Old 10-09-2010, 18:42   #2
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Stains in the blade canbe removed with very fine sandpaper, I would suggest hand rubbing the blade with 600 grit paper and Windex for lubrication. The trick is to keep all scratches going the same direction and carry them all the way to the tip...looks more professional that way then oil the blade to prevent streaks reoccurring.

Dents must be removed before polishing the blade. A good way to do this is to glue a piece of cloth backed 240 grit sandpaper to a hard FLAT surface then stroke the edge along that surface until the dents are gone.

A knife can be resharpened any number of times as long as care is taken not to change the angle of the edge. Re establishing the edge bevel from incorrect sharpening is best done by a qualified knifemaker, it takes time and skill. I would suggest you purchase a copy of Knives 2010 to get a list of knifemakers in your area.

Good luck with your project.

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