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Last one now , just finished the green one off , don't look to bad , will invest in some more pigments , they do a pearl/ silver and a few others , not very traditional, but look cool, also at some point, find a bit of nice burl , make a burl / resin  top in a loud colour!

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May I ask a question please ?

Can you please explain how you polish the horn to achieve the finish you have .

I understand that you start with say 400grit and work up to a finer grit then onto buffing compound .

But could you let me know the grade of grit step you use and is it done wet .

I've polished alloys brass copper but never buffalo horn

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You can bend & shape buffalo with heat , if you want a curved handle,  after bending initial sanding to shape with 80-120 grit emery, then use a new stanly blade to scrape , then going with the grain 180-240 sand to get most of the scratches out , then wet& dry , 400- 1200 grit working through, put on the mop , shows any imperfections up , then back to scraping & wet /dry again! When happy put on the mop with a bit of polishing soap , then I use autoglym car polish , lastly on a slow speed , abuff with cherry blossom black shoe polish, brings it up lovely! Be warned horn may have imperfections init you carnt get out so have to roll with it...

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1 hour ago, boo said:

You can bend & shape buffalo with heat , if you want a curved handle,  after bending initial sanding to shape with 80-120 grit emery, then use a new stanly blade to scrape , then going with the grain 180-240 sand to get most of the scratches out , then wet& dry , 400- 1200 grit working through, put on the mop , shows any imperfections up , then back to scraping & wet /dry again! When happy put on the mop with a bit of polishing soap , then I use autoglym car polish , lastly on a slow speed , abuff with cherry blossom black shoe polish, brings it up lovely! Be warned horn may have imperfections init you carnt get out so have to roll with it...

Thanks mate .

I'm not bending it I'm cutting a section to shape and make a handle for my opinel knife ( as per ditchys post ) .

I fancy capping the end with polished stainless to match the twist lock on the opinel.

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19 hours ago, boo said:

You can bend & shape buffalo with heat , if you want a curved handle,  after bending initial sanding to shape with 80-120 grit emery, then use a new stanly blade to scrape , then going with the grain 180-240 sand to get most of the scratches out , then wet& dry , 400- 1200 grit working through, put on the mop , shows any imperfections up , then back to scraping & wet /dry again! When happy put on the mop with a bit of polishing soap , then I use autoglym car polish , lastly on a slow speed , abuff with cherry blossom black shoe polish, brings it up lovely! Be warned horn may have imperfections init you carnt get out so have to roll with it...

Many thanks Boo for explaining how you get such a brilliant finish to your buffalo tops. I was about to ask exactly the same question as Hodge911. 
OB

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