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Polishing Compounds for Knives – Your Tools Will Be Grateful!

by BeaverCraft Team 27 Nov 2021 1 comment

Hey, our dear carving friend! We are glad to see you here! If you're reading this, then you are interested in the practice of polishing, and this is very commendable! After all, a good master always has well-groomed tools. So let's start with the useful information we have prepared for you! Read with pleasure!

What Is A Buffing Compound?

Knife buffing compounds are compounds of various chemicals that are usually used for finishing cutting tool parts and other elements that require high precision machining. You can see this mixture in different physical states, for example, the most common forms are:

  • a wax bar;
  • a paste;
  • a spray.

Such a knife polishing compound may contain substances such as chromium oxide, diamonds, and as well alumina. This is an interesting thing that every carver should try, (and not only carver)!

polishing a carving knife

What Are Sharpening Compounds Used for?

High-quality knife polishing is just as important as blade locksmithing. The mirrored surface of the blade shows the correct polishing paste when polishing.

Sharpening and straightening a knife is a meditative process that requires a lot of perseverance. At the same time, the sharpening process is quite simple. However, during sharpening, a burr appears on the knife, which crumples with use and leads to deformation of the edge of the blade, as a result of which the initial sharpness of the knife is reduced to nothing.

This problem is eliminated by polishing paste, which was originally conceived for grinding glass products, but later found application for other purposes - from jewelry art for sharpening knives. The use of polishing paste allows not only to eliminate the deformation of the blade, which returns its original sharpness after sharpening, but also to transform the appearance of the knife. With its help, the thinnest layer of material is removed, which allows you to turn a rough knife into a shiny and sharp product.

Knife sharpening compounds are mainly used in the final stage of sharpening the cutting tool (not only for knives). The mixture consists of very small abrasive chemical particles that are able to polish the edge of the blade to an incredible mirror.

However, you should keep in mind that they are not strong enough to sharpen the knife to full sharpness, or to repair any significant damages. These compounds are more aimed at achieving a perfectly polished and shiny edge of the cutting tool.

carving knives

What Are The Types of These Sharpening Compounds?

You can see buffing compounds for knife sharpening in different colors (there are black, white, green, red etc). So how are they different? What makes each special? Which one should you choose?

The mixture of each color has its own density, frequency, and fineness of chemical particles. Accordingly, each color of the compound is suitable for different aspects of polishing or sharpening.

For example, red polishing compound and green polishing compound are only suitable for polishing and shining the blade, because they are weaker than others. White, stronger than previous pastes, suitable for cutting and polishing as well. But black - the strongest - can even remove scratches and minor cracks from the blade.

polishing compounds

How To Use These Compounds?

  1. Apply these compounds on a hard and flat surface. By the way, leather strops perfectly perform the role of these surfaces.
  2. Be sure to place them on a beveled surface and move the blade from the cutting edge.
  3. Repeat the same actions with the opposite part of your cutting tool.

polishing a knife

The Best Knife Polishing Pastes

We hope we could interest you with the information above. In fact, polishing compounds are really useful things, worth your try. So do not hesitate! Find your perfect compound for polishing tools now!

Our next step is to tell you about the good options for polishing pastes that you have obviously to buy and to try!

P2 – Polishing Compound M7

This is one of the best green polishing compound grit from BeaverCraft. A great option for the first acquaintance with polishing pastes!

P2 polishing compounds

  • The grain size - 7-5 micron.
  • The weight of one piece - 45-50 grams.

This paste is suitable for polishing hard metals and alloys. For example, Aluminum, Stainless, Steel, Brass, Cast-iron, Copper & more. It can also be used to polish glass and stone. This knife polishing compound is really thin, so it is easy to grip and use in green woodworking.

BeaverCraft is always determined by the special quality of its tools. And this mixture is no exception. It perfectly copes with its task. Ideal for a very good mirror shine.

In addition, this great paste perfectly sharpens and polishes household tools, such as razors or kitchen knives. Taking care of your daily tools is no less important than professional ones! Remember! That is why these polishing compounds will be useful not only for carvers, but also for people with any other interests. So don't delay! Try it yourself! You will not regret it, believe us!

P1 – Polishing Compound M7

If you do not want to take risks and take a large amount of green compound grit at once, we suggest you start with this option. Take a chance!

P1 polishing compound

  • The grain size - 7-5 micron.
  • The weight of one piece - 20-25 grams.

Average cutting quality, not very aggressive, its high gloss on all metals makes it especially interesting for cutlery. This compound is no different from the previous one, except for the size. It is also suitable for hard metals and alloys. And it can be used for polishing stones, glass and other non-metals.

BeaverCraft is truly the best brand of green stropping compound.The quality is high as well. As soon as you try, you will not be able to say goodbye. This is a great offer, rest assured! Additionally, we would like to emphasize that you can apply a polishing compound on the leather strop and polish blade of the knives, chisels, planers and razors. We mentioned before that the strop interacts well with these compounds. The result will be incredible! You will be very pleased!

LS1Р1 – Dual-Sided Leather Paddle Strop with P1 Polishing Compound

We also leave you a link to one of the best leather strops. Order, buy and check for yourself whether it is worth your attention or not!

Leather Paddle Strop with P1 Polishing Compound

  • It is a double-sided leather sharpening strop.
  • Leather strop compounds included with strop.
  • The ideal tool not only for wood carving knives, but also great for keeping kitchen knives, razors, and dagger at maximum sharpness.
  • It is well-made and sturdy, the straight razor strop.
  • Base material is Ashwood of the highest quality.

BeaverCraft’s Dual-Sided Leather Paddle Strop is approximately 14.96 inches in length, with the length of the leatherworking part being about 9.05 inches long, and with the working width of the leather is nearly 3.14 inches.

It's really great to have access to both sides. It is very convenient. A board with a strip of craft leather is also used for sharpening and polishing. This leather strop is hand-made of quality materials. This is a really great choice! We are sure you will like it! Your knives will be grateful to you!

To Sum Up

We believe that we could really be useful for you! We hope this article will help you choose your best knife stropping compounds! So, in conclusion, polishing compounds are a very valuable thing that will help you make your cutting tools perfect. Sharpening compounds are really useful a lot for cutting tools. Don't neglect them - take care of your tools.

However, it is important to remember that for a really cool result, it is necessary that this polishing mixture is of the highest quality. BeaverCraft is a proven manufacturer of such compounds! Don't forget also about Leather Strops for the best result! Good luck with your hobby! We believe in you! You will obviously succeed!

Polishing Compounds for Knives FAQ

What are polishing compounds for knives and how do they work?

Polishing compounds are abrasive pastes or powders used to remove scratches, blemishes, and other imperfections from a knife's surface. They work by breaking down the surface layer of the metal, removing the rough edges and making it smoother.

What types of polishing compounds are there for knives?

There are several types of polishing compounds for knives, including diamond paste, aluminum oxide, and cerium oxide. Each type has its own specific uses and benefits, so it's important to choose the right one for the job.

How do I choose the right polishing compound for my knife?

The type of polishing compound you choose will depend on the type of metal your knife is made of, the level of polish you want to achieve, and the amount of time and effort you're willing to invest in the process. It's important to research the different types and read reviews before making a purchase.

What are some tips for using polishing compounds on knives?

Some tips for using polishing compounds on knives include using the right amount of compound, using a soft cloth or polishing wheel, starting with a coarse grit and gradually moving to finer grits, and taking breaks to prevent the metal from overheating. It's also important to clean the knife thoroughly after polishing to remove any residue.

 

Author:

Roman Law

Wood carving guru

 
From a childhood enchanted by nature, my passion for wood carving guided me on a path of creativity. With a pocket knife, I uncovered the transformative power of my hands, breathing life into driftwood and forging a lifelong connection with the medium.
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30 Aug 2023 Danise
I’ve been using a while rouge. How is the green different from the white please?

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