I did get the edge shaped last night, but I had a dentist appointment this morning, and I had to get some sleep.
The 'beast' was waiting at home for me, and the alloy was so coarse and tough the edge didn't feel very sharp. I thought to myself, "I have to find a guy skilled at sharpening because this one is going to be a nightmare..."
A quick call to Rob Babcock only brought derision and loud laughter. Then he hung up.
I decided on just getting the second best polisher, and to my horror that meant me...
I used every stone I could think off, and the coarseness just didn't improve. There was nothing left to do but imitate the old togishi school and polish the edge like it just came off a shogun's battlefield. At the beginning, it just seemed a waste of time and materials.
But somehow this morning, and still tired and bit doubtful, I rotated the monster into the light, and the edge gleamed. Scared the sheepdip out of me!
Once the polished edge revealed itself, the buffing made it murderous!
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