The other thing is don’t give up a project that you think is a wash out, especially when it’s just a cosmetic issue. You can even accent a flaw and make a knife look better. The process of struggling with really tough issues and finishing the knife is where I learned some of my best skills. Go ahead and finish out knives with the cosmetic issues that you think are insurmountable. You will learn new skills and techniques to overcome problems.
I guess the common theme in both of these is learning. People that are lifelong learners can do well with hobby of knife repair.
I have a bad habit of saying "to heck with this mess" and walking away. BUT... the last 2 knives I have done have taught me to stay with it and finish. Even if there is a blaring flaw that I see as soon as I pick up that knife..... Now, I will at least finish and learn from the mistake.
Thanks Dale..... you are a big help to all knife mechanics!