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    Refinishing a Knife

    a while ago i scratched the side of my misono during sharpening, so i took 1000grit wet/dry sand paper and polished it, followed by 1500grit then a polishing compound, but theres still minor scratching visible, and i was wondering if theres any way to get rid of it. what have you guys done?

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    You need to go back to the grit that made the scratches and start working up from there.
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    okay... so what should i jump to grit from grit? i have a 1k, 3k and 6k stone, and im not sure i can get up to 10k wet sanding paper.

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    okay, i just thought back to my wanna-be-luthiery days, and remembered these
    http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin...hing_Pads.html
    just in case you guys have any knives you wanna refinish, these should work wonderfully. they're foam pads, so i feel alot better about going near a sharp blade with these

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubsy View Post
    okay, i just thought back to my wanna-be-luthiery days, and remembered these
    http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin...hing_Pads.html
    just in case you guys have any knives you wanna refinish, these should work wonderfully. they're foam pads, so i feel alot better about going near a sharp blade with these
    I am loooking for some help on this same topic ...Maybe I did not put enough work in , but I still have minor scratches after using micro mesh pads on a knife of mine...What gets the blade back to a factory look without the minor scratches??? Do I need a grinder to restore that look?

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    You just need to spend more time with each grit making sure that you've removed all of the scratches from the previous grit. I use soapy water when wet sanding to provide lubrication as it works better than water and is less messy than oil. If you want the stria to resemble a factory edge, sand in one direction and be consistent with your pressure and blending.

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    The scratch is still there because if you want to remove it, think of it like a chip in an edge. You have to remove ALL of the steel that is higher than the scratch, making the lowest point of the scratch the highest average point on your knife. I don't advise worrying about it, unless it's a safequeen. If it's a safequeen, why are you sharpening it without painters tape on the side?! :P

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    sorry, still kinda new to all the lingo. safequeen?

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    I have those pads and unless you really really work it a the lowest pad your not going to remove those scratches completely. get wet and dry sand paper at a lower grit then what the scratch was made at. Take your time and work in the same direction with all the strokes. It takes time to do it full. But if you go all the way up through the pads it will be a very mirror polish on the blade. But as stated it is just an aesthetics thing.

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