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Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:36 am

I have a knife with a buffalo horn ferrule that is looking a little ruff. What's the best way to go about perking it back up?

Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:17 am

besides a buffer? 4 k micromesh and some Tru Oil.

But a buffer is the easiest, ask some of you friends of they have one.

Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:54 pm

You can buy a buffer at Harbor Freight for next to nothing.

Otherwise, what kalaeb said.

Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:05 pm

I wish those buffers had variable speeds on them. They're scary to use on sharpened knives when the wheels are spinning so fast.

Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:39 pm

I just did this on a knife this morning! Sanded with 400 and 600 grit sand paper, then took it to a sewn cotton wheel with white rouge on it. I masking taped over the blade and the Ho wood of the handle so I would just buff the horn. Worked nicely; not a full shine, but looked much better than it was before. If you don't have a lathe/buffer, get a small buffing wheel (like 6" or so) from a hardware store, white polishing compound and an adapter so you can use the wheel in a cordless drill or drill press :) The adapter is a piece of threaded rod with a smooth end and some washers and a nut to tighten on the wheel. If using the cordless drill, I would put the drill in a vise or have someone hold it so you can use 2 hands on the knife.

Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:39 pm

You can get one variable speed if you'd like, but that's gonna cost you.

You can also sort of slow them down by using smaller wheels. Same RPM, with smaller diameter wheel = the surface of the wheel is spinning slower than a larger wheel.

Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:41 pm

Hahaha....that's funny taz.....my first "buffer" was a corded drill I rigged up in a vice. :) Electrical tape to pull the trigger and squeezed in a vice to hold it still while I used the buffing wheel.

Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:08 pm

You might try one of these speed controls: http://www.harborfreight.com/router-spe ... 43060.html.

$20 bucks. I use them on tungsten video lights, but I have also used them on belt sanders and they seemed to work well.

Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:38 pm

Thanks for the information. I stopped by HD on the way home and bought this for $10.
It did a good job for what it is. Polishing the buffalo horn made a few scratches standout
in it. I need to start over with a good sanding to take out all the scratches. Someday maybe... :mrgreen:

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Re: Polishing Buffalo Horn

Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:47 pm

Yup, thats the ticket!
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