How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

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How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by pearlroosterman » Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:34 pm

I need some advice, I have several Puma knives with brass bolsters and yellow (ivory) micarta scales that need buffing. I am concerned how the buffing may color or stain the micarta. Any ideas of how to do this without ruining the handles? Thank you in advance!!! John
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Re: How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by edge213 » Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:16 pm

pearlroosterman wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:34 pm
I need some advice, I have several Puma knives with brass bolsters and yellow (ivory) micarta scales that need buffing. I am concerned how the buffing may color or stain the micarta. Any ideas of how to do this without ruining the handles? Thank you in advance!!! John
I have used Ren Wax on micarta.
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Re: How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by glennbad » Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:41 pm

You have to go light, and make sure your wheels are CLEAN. I use a wheel rake to clean out any built up compounds. Then I use white or pink, with very little pressure. Or sometimes, I will just use a clean buff wheel with no compound.

Not sure if that answers your question.

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Re: How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by pearlroosterman » Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:16 pm

Thank you both for the info. Very much appreciated. John
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Re: How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by glennbad » Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:02 pm

One other thing. If you are using a buffer, try not to buff the brass and micarta at the same time, as the brass will definitely leave staining and residue on the micarta that will be very hard to get off. In cases like that, I will tape off(painters tape works fine) one of them, buff the other material, and then tape and buff the other material after.

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Re: How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by Bill DeShivs » Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:22 am

Buffing residue usually comes off pretty easily by using a thick paste of baking soda, Dawn, and just a little water. Scrub it in with your thumbs and rinse. Wax when dry.
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Re: How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by Reverand » Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:05 pm

That is good information Bill!
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Re: How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:47 pm

glennbad wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:02 pm
One other thing. If you are using a buffer, try not to buff the brass and micarta at the same time, as the brass will definitely leave staining and residue on the micarta that will be very hard to get off. In cases like that, I will tape off(painters tape works fine) one of them, buff the other material, and then tape and buff the other material after.
I agree with this advise. If by chance you do get black stuff on the white handle material, I use Brasso to quickly remove it.
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Re: How to buff a knife with Ivory Micarta scales

Post by pearlroosterman » Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:48 pm

Thank you all so much! Great information. Much appreciated. John
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