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Who's Polish? What does being from Poland have to do with swords?

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I will agree, the finish on the sword does have a lot to do with being able to swallow it. My stainless sword is a bit easier to swallow, but I still prefer my old WW1 bayonet. It's still got pitting from rusting for nearly a century. I keep it dry and clean and use Flitz metal polish to keep it clean and smooth. (also you really gotta make sure that it's all off the sword before swallowing)

Mirror finish looks better and is a lot smoother to the touch than a satin, or stonewash finish on other blades. (and yeah I'm somehow able to cause rust spots to happen on 154 cm, ATS34, 440 and AUS 6 so I gotta rotate the EDC just to keep them clean)
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I check a blade before I drop it. If there's even a hint of a ding, emery cloth becomes my friend. Every time.
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Has anyone ever used a ruler?
Not with a square end, I'm sure, but a modified or custom made ruler?
Just sounds interesting to me. Could have someone check your depth.
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Yup...do it all the time.
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Sweet.
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This thread is just too hard to swallow...sorry...I just had to...

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We knew you'd get all choked up about it.
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Is that you, Jim?
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Is that Francis Doran?
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Had all of mine plated,,,I understand there are different thicknes to types of plate and it can be doubled or trebled up. Useing only bayonet swords for performance have never had a problem with the swallow or tarnishing, found if done after a meal it goes down easier, quicker and even a little further so food has no effect on my swallow.

Had one occassion when putting the SS sequence into the act after rather than before the fire blowouts section, that the parraffin came out of both ends of the body as the swords were swallowed !!!

Plated gives off a better shine, flash, than stainless.

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Plated, if not done properly can also flake into razor like pieces and F you up. It's also really expensive now because of all the EPA standards in place.

I don't have a preference over stainless or otherwise.

I have a few swords, well over 100 years old that I've polished by hand to as close to a mirror finish as I can and keep oiled, when not in use. The stainless swords that I have just get a little polish and care if I drop it or they bang against something.


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I had four done over twenty five years ago, yes and it was expensive even then. Never had a ding or flake and they look as good now as they did then. Keep them in a violin case wrapped in velvet bags (Velvet side inwards will keep them polished without any polishing). Never dropped or banged during this time as I consider this stunt requires more care than most.

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HAZMAT use in plating is a big deal. First, you cannot plate chrome directly onto steel, it will fall off almost immediately. You need to plate chrome on top of a layer of copper, which WILL adhere most permanently to steel, then the chrome on top of that. You cannot chrome plate stainless. Not only is it a waste of money due to the redundancy, but nothing will stick to stainless well (that's why DeLoreans weren't available in colors). When polished, stainless forms a very thin but VERY strong layer of chromium oxide. This layer prevents any of the alloying ingredients of the steel to make contact with the surface. This chromium oxide layer is what makes stainless SO desirable for so many applications. When the surface layer of chromium oxide gets scratched or dinged, a new layer of chromium oxide almost immediately forms. This makes welding stainless very difficult. Chrome plating is simply a VEEEEERY thin (we're talking microns here folks) weak layer of chromium monoxide, not the same thing. Scratch or bang up a chrome plated piece and you can uncover the copper (bad!) or even down to the original steel (not so bad). The microscopic jagged edges left by flaked or broken chrome plate can be deadly. Please try to remember that. The visual appearance of high polished stainless is equal to and sometimes surpasses that of chrome plate. Chrome plating is a process used specifically for parts that either cannot be made of stainless and/or would be financially undesirable.

Bret, by polishing the 100 year old sword, you reduced it's antique value to about $10. But that doesn't matter unless you plan on selling it to a collector, which I have a feeling you won't. Smile

I will post a new thread about sword polishing, as I am in the process of getting some really nice expensive polishing equipment that will give ALL my props a grade 9 mirror finish.
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Nipps, plated swords are usually nickel.
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Can't wait to see the new polish you got TGN! I spent ages polishing as I'm used to a highly polished sword. I used TGN sword blade on The Tonight Show in Sept. and am very happy with it. I would love it to gleam and glisten.
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Yeah, Nips... I don't plan on getting rid of them any time soon. One of them that I got had been cut down and blunted as if it was already used for swallowing, so already the sword collector value was kaput... Hmmmm.
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More importantly Brett, what is up with your hair?
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Eh, bad hair day...
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