I have what may be a silly beginner’s question, but here it goes: I
know there are certain steel tools that need to remain polished (for
example, finishing & texturizing hammers, dapping tools, burnishers,
etc.). How do you keep your tools up? Do you keep a separate buff
just for your tools? Do you always sand down the tools first, or just
buff once a month or so? Tripoli or rouge? How often is it
appropriate to do this?
I have taken jewelry classes at my local community college, which
were great for learning new techniques, but we never learned anything
about basic tool maintenance, since most of the students weren’t
really serious about the craft. I have some new tools that I’d like
to keep like new, and some old tools that I bought from a retired
goldsmith that I’d like to get into better condition. Any info you
can give me will be really appreciated!