I've been getting a pretty good mirror finish on my blades but I wanted to go for as close to flawless as I can reasonably get. In the past I would go to 600 grit and buff. A while back I picked up some 1000 and 1200 grit from harbor freight tools in the states. I hand sanded like I have done in the past up to 600 grit then went with the 1000 and then 1200. The harbor freight sand paper sanded real nice but it felt like it was actually coarser than my 600 that I got at Canadian Tire a long time ago. After the 1200 I decided to buff. I was not happy with the finish at all. The finish on my past knives was actually way better. Sitting there looking at the blade I decided to go back to the Canadian Tire 600 and then buffed. It is now the best mirror finish I have got to date. I know you get what you pay for but wow. I don't know if I got a batch that was labled wrong or what. It seems to be the perfect grit to use just before I go with the better quality 600. The 1000 and 1200 from harbor freight has nice even texture and I may try to do a satin finish with it. I just thought I'd share my findings and to see if anyone else ran into this.