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    Mirror Polishing

    I have made several attempts to mirror polish knives with mixed results (good but imperfect). I've tried everything from buffing wheels and compounds to Flitz to actually laying the blade flat on my stones and going through a progression finishing on balsa and leather. Like I said, mixed results. Bob Kramer and CKTG used to sell a progression of sandpapers with a wedge shaped polishing device that I wanted to try but neither do anymore. Does anyone have any advice about the best way to mirror polish a blade?

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    Micro mesh polishing pads. Get em on Amazon.
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    Ditto to Micro Mesh pads. Micro Mesh MX is specifically designed for metal, and the lower grits especially are much faster than standard Micro Mesh. The finest MX grits leave a near mirror finish, and you can take it to true mirror with higher grit standard Micro Mesh.

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    I think to get a proper mirror polish, you have to go up in progression of grits and buff it on an electric buffer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dmccurtis View Post
    Ditto to Micro Mesh pads. Micro Mesh MX is specifically designed for metal, and the lower grits especially are much faster than standard Micro Mesh. The finest MX grits leave a near mirror finish, and you can take it to true mirror with higher grit standard Micro Mesh.
    Have you tried both of them?
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    Yeah, I use both in conjunction. I use MX for establishing a base scratch pattern, and after progressing through the MX series, use standard Micro Mesh for higher polishing.

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    Have you tried both of them?

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    I bought the reg progression until 12k not mx...gotta wait til next paycheck for that one.
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    This was really helpful, thank you! I rounded the spine of my Hattori Knife Forums Sujihiki and mirror polished it and it came out really well!

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    Pics chefcosta!! Im thinking of doing that to my 150 and 210 petty. Is the patina more vibrant on mirror polish?

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    What grit do you start with?
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