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Name some really good steels that take a fine mirror polish. Stainless and non stainless.

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Dr Heelhook, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. Dr Heelhook

    Dr Heelhook Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 24, 2007
    I’m looking to get into knife making (I’m having a belt grinder built as we speak) and I really like a really nice mirror polish on a blade. I’d like some good suggestions on steels to use, both stain resistant ones and higher maintenance ones. How do 3V and ELMAX polish for an example?
  2. EastCompassoKnivery


    Feb 26, 2014
    Hi! As far as stainless goes I have had fantastic success with high polishes on AEB-L. It takes time to get it there but it is very forgiving with the whole polishing process. Definitely worth checking out!
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  3. butcher_block

    butcher_block KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 6, 2004
    the finer teh grain adn carbide distribution the better off your going to be. i have seen side by side 154cm and cpm 154 the cpm had a cleaner finish
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  4. C L Wilkins

    C L Wilkins

    Mar 18, 1999
    For stainless, the best that I've used is RWL-34. Not sure if you can still find it.

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