After reviewing many of the contributions to removing/polishing/easing/rounding the choil and the spine, I didn’t find a summary by experienced folks to direct those trying it for the first time.
This is my way of making a recipe and I hope you will constructively add your experienced contributions.
Assumptions: a) Easing is a minimalist/beginning step to rounding, so go as far as your personal preference and stop early because you can always take more metal off. b) emery cloth, flexible sandpaper (wet-dry vs stiff backed wood sandpaper) is preferable because it lets you make it stiff with backing (Popsicle stick or wrapped on a file) and it also lets you do the shoeshine move c) If it's one of your first times, tape the knife up with duct tape on the parts you don't want to scratch unintentionally. d) It's really difficult to do without a vise.
Start: 1.0 Tape up the knife 1.1 get something like wood to protect the knife from the vise 1.2 position the knife pointing down for the choil and high enough to get hand clearance from the bench and vise but not so high as to make it twang. 1.3 Clamp the knife
2.0 Starting with abrasive (KKK GRIT) backed by something stiff - break the edges with a few strokes on both sides. Admire your bravery and decide how much further you want to go 2.1 assuming the choil edges are no longer sharp, move to shoeshine plan after reclamping the knife. 2.2 With (LLL GRIT) abrasive about (dimension MMM) wide make a few shoeshine moves and then move down the choil trying to keep the sides balanced. 2.3 Check it again for doneness to your liking.
3.0 If you are satisfied with the amount removed, finish polishing the choil by using flexible abrasive of (NNN GRIT) assuming that this may be different than what you in steps 2.1 or 2.2
4.0 Untape the knife and try it for a while to see if you like it.
5.0 Rinse, lather and repeat as necessary.
For spines clamp the knife horizontally and follow the above recipe.
Now, folks that have done this to more than 8 knives please add the measurements for:
KKK GRIT (edge breaking) =
preferred backing for KKK when breaking the edges +
- if edge breaking is best done with a file please add it as an alternative
LLL GRIT (easing/rounding) =
MMM Dimension (width of abrasive) =
NNN GRIT (finishing) =
IF you think the technique for the home player - choil easing - is significantly different for carbon vs stainless vs meteorite please start another thread with the different recipes and refer back to the other similar threads so we have a library.
I probably missed good previous thread contributions and if you can link to them in your response we might have an updated summary of KKF experience.