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So...i just order a small Buffer and need to know...is this a good buffer?

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Kevin Stinson
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I bought it because it's not a single-speed buffer but variable speed, and well, it's cheap at 100 Bucks (I got it on sale it's normally 125) right now. So i am hoping someone has some buffing safety videos. also looking for tips for both Jewlery and steel polishing as i despite its small size i hope to use it to bring out some Hamons. I do trust Pepetools as I got my electro-melt furnace...but I know very little about what makes a good buffer for this, and the price tag makes me hesitate a little given the horror story that float around about this tool. here is a link to it

https://pepetools.com/collections/polishing-machines-accessories/products/variable-speed-polishing-bench-lathe-8-000-rpm-bench-basics#

 
Posted : 01/05/2024 9:45 am
Joshua C States
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That should work for most of your jewelry and knife fittings, but 8K RPM is pretty fast. Start out below 50% and see how it goes.

Buffing does not bring out a hamon. In fact it will eliminate it.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

 
Posted : 02/05/2024 9:55 pm
Kevin Stinson
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I will be very careful with it to get that goldy locks speed.

Posted by: Joshua C States

Buffing does not bring out a hamon. In fact it will eliminate it.

Actually, using this technique (see link), brings them out in fantastic fashion (see included picture) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DCsVt5o_Wg&t=164s

 
Posted : 03/05/2024 2:11 pm
Joshua C States
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It shows a good demarcation line, but little to no activity typical in a really well done Hamon.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

 
Posted : 03/05/2024 10:48 pm
Joshua C States
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Another one.

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

 
Posted : 03/05/2024 10:50 pm
Joshua C States
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And I'm not considered "good" at this yet.

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

 
Posted : 03/05/2024 10:51 pm
Kevin Stinson
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Posted by: Joshua C States

Another one.

 

Just seeing these alerts as i have been out of it for the last 2 months after having e

What steel did you use? as i believe One of the reasons for the more Bla appearance of mine is because i used Hitachi Blue/1084 and i have been told 1084 is not the best Hamon steel...and i also did not do the most dynamic pattern i could...on the other hand the buffer works great this at probally 900RPM (i dont have a gage to measure RPM ) and well not near the the handle because i did not remove the handle. it polished it to a mirror. (i did not do a new blade because i have not had a chance to forge the last two months because i have been on rest after emergency abdomal surgery in may  (i was actually still recovering in the hospital when i posted this)and i am falling some restrictions well i recover....hoping to get back in the forge at the end of July and pounding out some blades before i go back under the knife in October or November.

 
Posted : 24/06/2024 5:17 pm
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