Alright, so the steel underneath sort of has a bead blasted texture. You have to sand this down or it will attract rust like crazy.
Its tough to use a stripper on the blade and just tape the handle, when I did this with my bk2, stripper still got under the tape, so I ended up stripping the whole thing.
Patina, grapefruit, vinegar, mustard, horse radish, take your pick really. I got a REALLY nice patina from just the stripper turned my blade blue.
Of all the patinas I have seen, THREATX3 did one with grapefruit and it came out BEAUTIFUL!!
My recommendations are dont strip the blades until you wreck the coatings. Use the coating up, then strip.
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