A Question For Knife Buyers???

Sep 23, 1999
If you're buying a using knife, would you rather buy one that is polished real shiney, has a satin finish, bead blasted, or black nitride coated? I have always polished all of my knives, whether users or collectors, and I'm just wondering if I should start finishing them differently. Thanks for your input!! Take care! Michael

"Always think of your fellow knife makers as partners in the search for the perfect blade, not as people trying to compete with you and your work!"
it depends on the type of steel for me, a stainless type knife polished or bead blasted, if the steel is 1095 or 01 I like powder coat, or hard chrome. my .02
It depends on the knife and also the intended use. I shy away from shiny knives for tactical or hard field use. If the coating actually helps inhibit rust, that is attractive. For display or light use knives, a shiny finish can be maintained, although to me the most attractive finish is the one that shows off the temper line...