Roland, Did you buff the blades? Or the handles? Or both?
I normally do not touch the blades but will sometimes buff the handles and bolsters to get the micro scratches out.
Personally I don’t mind a knife being brought back to life and made to look new again, so long as the job was done right.
I think it’s worth more in great condition.
However, I have had a different reaction from collectors that have purchased these knives from the Keen Kutter collection that I purchased and am selling. On my eBay site I have told the bidders that I have superficially cleaned the knives and left the blades untouched, except for using Simichrome on them.
Surprisingly I have heard back from numerous buyers thanking me for leaving the blades alone. I have never gotten so many emails and messages from buyers before. So there are people out there who want to do the blade work themselves on an old knife, or they like the antique look. It has changed my opinion on whether it’s smart to buff or not.
I’m interested in hearing what others think about this.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs