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Old 09-05-2018, 03:39 PM   #1
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Three Barges and the redheaded step-child.

I just finished stone polishing three Barges. A little nap got the anesthetic "stupor" under control. But more to the 'point' I finally have that Barge with the sloppy bevel repaired.

One of the Barges that slipped through had a wide tip and a thin heel. While the three knives being polished for sale had fresh ink drying, I would 'nibble' the errors and even up the bevel. Rather than end up in the 16 to 18 degree range of a standard pocket knife, the oddball ended up in the low 15 degree range.

The three client knives now must be paste and glass polished. That's the job, that's what I promised.

But I do have stones that go into the 20K and 30K range, and that bottle of 5.4 million grit slurry keeps calling my name. I have a place in my closet where knives that are too dangerous for the public lay in silent recluse. And I have my own Barge.

...still...
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Old 09-05-2018, 04:31 PM   #2
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...I had to polish something. I started on the clients' knives. Maybe that will keep me off the 'bad' knife.
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:47 PM   #3
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Believe it or not...

...the reject knife was only polished with automotive paste, usually used for mag wheels.

I wonder what will happen if I use cutlery polish on the knife. Now that I've seen the potential, we're going to have to use slurry!

(And don't worry guys, I'm polishing the other three Barges, too. I just was tempted beyond my strength...")

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...I had to polish something. I started on the clients' knives. Maybe that will keep me off the 'bad' knife.
Wait... listen...

Can you hear it?



polish meeeeeee

pollllllish meeeeee




I think The Bad One is calling you.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:26 PM   #5
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I think The Bad One is calling you.
I know, but after I finish it, what do I do with it. Find a Navy SEAL? Use it as a steak knife--I don't eat red meat.

Actually, a sharp strong knife would be good for Muskie, but I don't fish.
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So, having now seen these two "after" pics, what exactly is wrong with this knife?

Looks sell-able to me. It's not where the knife started, but where you took it to.
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:21 AM   #7
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Yeah, I should have taken a "before" shot. None of you would have wanted it.

But I think a knife with an angle of 15.4 should have a polish of 5.4, kind of a statement.

"Hey, Fang, what kind of shiv are you lugging?"

"I got a 54/54..."
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Might be a good test case for the 5.4, and then another auction?

I am not sure how well 8cr13Mov holds that kind of angle, but it is an interesting test.
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When I first started to sell these--and who they were marketed to--I was afraid of the same thing. But considering the clients I've sold them to, I've got some back with minor chips, but never had the blade snapped.

I attribute this to the prying feature on the rear of the handle.

Might be a good test case for the 5.4, and then another auction?

Yeah, it could be, but let me get the list done first. And considering the blade received two very different exposures to a grinding wheel, I'd be concerned a client would buy it and it would dull faster or simply break.

I'll have to think about this.
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