Sanded the crysknife on Sunday and ended up with a nice polished finish. I started with a 60-grit sandpaper to edit out the course parts of the mould. I also cut out stray resin leavings with some hobby knives and carving tools. Then I ended up polishing the whole thing with 1500-grit sandpaper.
A friend who was into knives also told me that the crysknife I was making could count for a legitimate weapon. The mould had a strong spine that could make a powerful stab. I was reminded of this when I got carried away while sanding the knife edge–I wouldn’t call it a cutting tool but I wouldn’t run it through my skin. Also, after some crazy sanding, at some degree the knife point became really sharp. I know people interested in this knife just want it for aesthetics (I could see it being a fine display in anyone’s collection!), but while sanding I made a mental note to put in a warning or two that it isn’t a toy and that it has edges that can hurt people.
I have of course, dulled the point and the blade edge since making that discovery.
I have to say am pretty pleased with the outcome. Sanding and polishing makes a lot of difference–after the resin cooked, the surface was hardly smooth. But after polishing, the knife took on the look of these old Chinese ivory carvings.
Also, whenever the tip of the knife hit a surface it would make a clean chiming sound that I find very similar to the sound of mahjong tiles washing against one another. I’ll be casting the sheath tonight, so more pictures and updates coming up.