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    Knock um down, Tuzi.
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    Good work! You always seem to get the nice, even bevels on these old wedges.
    That bronze will stand-out after a while, giving a nice look!
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    Thanks for the kind words, gents - it means a lot to me. Yeah, the bevel turned out pretty even after all. If you look at the before pics you'll see some wonky hone wear near the spine. So, I was able to work that out and then pay attention with the hones so as not to repeat it.

    With the weird spine like this one has there is always a risk that the bevel will look different (wider, I think) where the spine is cut away. I made sure to hone at at least a 45 degree angle to the hone at all times here, doing a "rolling x" stroke. I used two layers of tape.

    As for not making mistakes, har! I make them just like anybody. On this one I pinned the whole thing together and then realized that I forgot to clean up the edges of the domes first. They were a little rough and sharp along the edge (from being stamped/cut?). So, not wanting to unpin I tried to sand them in place with 2000 grit and a popsicle stick. This of course marked up my scales. In the end I had to unpin, clean up the scales, clean up the edges on 4 new domes, and do it right. Wasted a little bronze in the process.

    Again (and as usual) I did this restoration virtually all by hand. I did use a dremel to rough sand the scales to shape (then by hand after that), and then I used the dremel on the blade for a minute or two at the end with a wool wheel and 0.5 micron diamond lapping paste to shine out any (if any) haze from the 4000 grit wet/dry on the spine and tang. For me, I have more control doing it by hand though it's not as fast. I don't even own a buffer, but then I've not yet felt the need for one.
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    Tuzi, you are the master of the matte finish on blade faces! Very, very nice work Sir. This makes my eyes happy
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    As usual Tuzi, an amazing job restoring. And you did a real bang em up job on the blade, it looks great
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    Great job - looks top !
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    Stunning work indeed, as mentioned by several members already, the finish on the blade is amazing, great work on the scales.
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