Not the normal thing for here, but I was looking to make some firesteels for me and some buddies and make some custom knife handles as well plus maybe just sell some to bring in a little extra cash.
I was looking to hand sand the wood up to a pretty high grit .. like 1200 or 1600 then buff out the rest to get a nice glossy look to it. I was not sure if the buffing wheel would do a better job or if actual finish would be better? They will be used roughly and banged around so I was not sure how well a finish would hold on.
So I was thinking of grabbing an entry level buffer to get the job done and not spend a ton of money in the process. I was thinking something like: https://www.amazon.com/POLISHER-BUFFER--Polishing-Buffing-diameter/dp/B00OTWHYVI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1467382403&sr=8-8&keywords=benchtop+buffer
its is variable speed and I have read that the slower the better and if you can get around 1800 RPM it would be ideal for this.
Pic for a better idea of what I am wanting to do. *This is not my pic*