I've wanted to inset some of the rocks I picked up along Lake Superior beaches for some time. The self defense function, if any, was accidental. Tho' the stone is hard, I'm not sure if the setting adhesive would hold it. Still, it has a visual punch that is OK.
Finshing will be straight forward. A last fine sanding and cleaning, followed by coats of tung or teak oil.
The hard part will be filling the thin seam around the stone, and at the joint of the handle and the shaft.
Polishing the stone wasn't too tedious. The surface was already quite smooth. I roughened the side to be glued w. 60 grit paper. I placed finer grit papers on a rubber cushion, starting w. 400. Then 600. Then (and this made a big difference,) a wet sanding w. some 800 grit crocus paper, which produced a glass like gloss. Finished w. wet 1200 grit.
About 150 circular rubs for each grit.
Almost made a mistake. Tried jewelers rouge on a buffing wheel, and the fine paste ended up putting a layer of dull red color on the stone. Had to retart at 400 grit.
gdenby, have you consider using a thin strip of leather and gluing it around bottom of the handle and around the back of the stone. I have use leather boot laces for that in the past. I put a thin line of glue and thin and rap the pre cut leather around the site. Keeping the out side of the leather clean of glue. After it dry's it takes the tung oil and looks nice.
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