I've got a few Beckers now, but as soon as I got this 9, I knew what I wanted for it. It was used, and there were a lot of scratches in the coating. So... after a little research, and a LOT of elbow grease...BAM:
Now, while I'm happy with it so far, I don't consider it done (are 'projects' ever done???) The biggest thing is the imperfections in the polish. Lots of swirls, still some deeper scratches from previous owner...etc. Basically, this is the best I could do by hand. And when I say by hand, I mean completely by hand. Started with 200 grit, and just went finer and finer, stopping at 2000 (wet). From what I can see, the next step is to find someone with a power buffing wheel and use that to get to mirror. Here's a decent close-up:
Also, handles are an obvious choice in the future. I'd like to make those also, so my plan was to carve a scale in balsa to the shape I want, and then spend a silly amount of money on some exotic wood that I can't even pronounce. OR make some micarta, if I can come up with something that suits my tastes. After that I'll probably buy one of the horse hide sheaths I see around, because there is no way in heck I could come close to the quality I see out there.
That's it for now. Comments and suggestions are always welcome, go easy though, it's my first one!