This is my new personal knife - and, insofar as I "need" one (only for small tasks like opening and cutting up boxes), likely the only one I'll ever need outside the kitchen or art projects.
Ragnar Forge. This is a heavy blade for its size at roughly 1/8 inch thick, designed for whittling and general work.
The blade came with mirror polish but also a faint ribbed surface which I assume resulted from the initial factory grind. I sanded and polished it to a near-satin finish that didn't quite manage to get rid of the ribbing, but obscured it somewhat.
What worked better was electroplating, using two AAA batteries in a battery holder and a much more benign mixture of zinc, vinegar, sugar and epsom salt in a one-quart plastic yogurt carton. The ferrule plated in seconds, polished up to a nice silver and produced a solid brass finish when heated.
* A number of Scottish knives are preserved that resemble a mashup between a Highland dirk and a chef's knife, typically having a triangular blade and hafted with antler or carved wood, as on one thought to have been recovered from the field of Culloden. These are sometimes identified today with the knife referred to in literature as a sgian achlais.