As you know this time when we went to Japan i visited very good Sword polisher well i think the best one in Japan.
And i learnd quite a lot from him, first of all i did not know what real polish was hehe. It seems like his swords was just without any scratches at all. Every derection i looked under every light i tried to turn and twist the blade just to spot single scratch even shalow one There was nothing :sad0:
It was a really a eyer opener how he pulled that off, there was no secrets involved at all just patience and very hard work. He used 5 days just to polish with finger stones and 2 hole days with Nugui
He only worked on one sword a time so imagine 12 hrs every day just rubing with fingerstones for 5 days :eek2:
When i got home i had a lot of inspiration i have 2 Kato Tamahagene (small swords) what they call them. I thought they was polished very well. But i was wrong hehe
I did not put at all all potential out of those small blades that is for sure. Then i started to polish one side 1 hr every day now for about 2 month
I think i am not finished yet i am still practicing :O but here is some pics of result.
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And here is just a sample how much similar size in Tamahagene finished go for in Japan :dazed:
Very inspirational. I usually get frustrated if I can't get a nice polish in 30 minutes. I will try to learn patience.......
Yeah haha i started with like 15 minutes, then next day 20 and so on
In my country when you show pictures like that it is proper etiquette to give the item away. Can I have that? I will wait by the mailbox.
polishing is very neat and all, and that's a great looking Job, Maxim, but i just can't bring myself to care that much about items that are primarily tools, and tools which get used every day. :)
That's great Maxim. I remember when I started doing mirror polish on my yanagi. I achieve great results but it took many many hours. It is very important to be honest with what you doing and to be 100% sure that non of previous grit scratches left. I was usually doing scratches in one direction and when i was sure that i finished i was doing scratches in opposite direction with same grit. Then i was going to next grit and so on. Doing it ths way you see scratches from previous grits. Can you show full pictures of that sword?
Well it is not a tool and i will not use it every day :D
Will never do that to a kitchen knife hehe
Originally Posted by EdipisReks
It is full picture :D there is just a Tang after that, i did not make handle for it yet.
Originally Posted by bathonuk
It's really inspiring. I'll have to try on my shigefusa petty, but i don't know if i'll resist to don't use it for more than two days :). I have a question, at that grade of finish will it be easier to restore it after the new patina, or you'll have to start over? How many times do you restore the finish to your knife? Amazing post, thanks for sharing.
For Shigefusa or kitchen knives it takes me much less time :)
I finish i with Uchigomori and thats it. To even out the finish you can use just some mud from your stone on some cloth or soft paper.
Tamahagene have much more structure to the steel thats why so hight finish revel more and more details. On our regular knife steels, steel is much cleaner so you will not need as fine polish to make it look good