Knife Finishing Something that is very important in the process of buying your next or first knife is to decide what type of finish that you want on the knife you are going to purchase. There are a few different types of finishes that will create a different look for your finished product, consider a few things about the finish on your knife. The finish of a jeweled metal knife is usually done from the inside, causing a breathtaking beauty from the outside of your knife. A file work finish will be an imprint on the handle or locking bar that is put on by the maker or designer, usually with the company’s name to promote the product. The finish of the knife actually has nothing to do with its quality or ability; it is a purely cosmetic procedure to have performed. With stonewash finishing your knife will look used from day one with some abrasive patterns in order to achieve the antique look. The benefit is this knife will look the same for a while as the abrasive finish will mask the dull parts of the blade. For a more polished or grained look you should look into a scotchbrite finish that will give you a more modern or clean appearance. Vibed finishing makes the knife look slightly worn with some smaller abrasions and the like than the stonewashed finish. A polished finish will allow you to show off your knife in public as it will shine it the light with a beautiful finish. This will be difficult to keep this way, but is the way to go if your knife is going to be more for show than use. None of these finishes will affect the effectiveness of the knife, but they can make for a much nicer looking knife. There are various other types of blade finishes that could help avoid too many scratches or discolorations, just check with your retailer to see if it is available to you. Think of it as buying new paint for your room in your house, it may cause little to no rise in the value of the house, but will make the room more livable.
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