Originally Posted by Rob Babcock
I don't mind the look of patina but of course mine are clad so I only get it on the edge.
It's not difficult to reduce the bolster but it's harder to do so in a way that looks clean and natural. There's a bit of an art to grind it down while maintaining a factory-ish appearance.
The cosmetics can be important.
Blue and black steels get nice grey patina but white and yellow steels will take an ugly red/brown patina. Either way they don't look as clean as stainless and I've had fights with some know nothings who though my knives were unhygienic because of the patina.
I've seen some people who have reduced the fingerguard to about half the width of the blade and tapered the remaining part and thought that its a good look. Might pull out the Dremel and do that to my Sab one day.