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Forum topic by Doug posted 11-30-2017 07:30 PM 179 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Doug

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11-30-2017 07:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: polish finishing steel knife kit carving knife scales buffing polishing buff

Hello,

I need some

I am almost finished making carving sets for my grown son’s and their wives. This is my first time adding scales to a kit.

What method should I use for the final buffing on the steel surfaces where sanding the scales resulted in small blemishes? When I am done getting those restored to a fine shine, how would you seal the steel? Is there a good product or is this something for mineral oil?

Thank you,

Doug

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Planeman40

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#1 posted 12-01-2017 02:22 PM

Being a long time amateur machinist, I don’t know of any way to “finish” the steel other than polishing it. I assume the “carving” you intend is for foods and not wood. You might apply some mineral oil or any oil that is food-safe. That is al that comes to mind.

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#2 posted 12-01-2017 05:28 PM

Thank you Planeman40,

So how do you prefer to polish steel. I have some polishing belts, mx 240, 400, 600. Can I use a buffing wheel as well?

I do hear mineral oil is the way to go for treating the steel surfaces.

Thank you.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 12-01-2017 05:42 PM

600 is the low end of the grit scale before you can polish and not see scratches. Use a buffing wheel with compound to get a mirror finish. It’ll highlight scratches when you do.

Mineral oil should work I guess. The only treatment that I know of is bluing or some something similar.

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Planeman40

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#4 posted 12-02-2017 07:32 PM

Yep, like TheFridge says

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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