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Old 08-25-2016, 09:37 AM
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If they are full tang knives then you should sand then down quite a bit. If they aren't reasonably smooth and flat there will be gaps under the scales that eventually will hold moisture and rust the tang. This will probably happen even if you put epoxy under the scales because most epoxy will break down over time if exposed to sunlight, heat, water, etc.

As for the blades being nice and smooth and shiny enjoy it while you can because they won't be after they come back from heat treat. A finish around 220 grit is enough before heat treat. Also, don't sharpen the blades before you send them out (a common newbie mistake). The heat treaters will not appreciate trying to work on a sharp blade...


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