Howdy. Restore in progress. My first silver steel has me asking questions....
When I started restoring this blade, it seemed that the tarnish was primarily on the tang. The blade had some funk and rust spots, but the tang was a bit darker. Then I wondered if it was blackened on purpose. While the blade had some color, it was not near as dense as the tang. As you can see, I left the tang alone.
My question: Was this intentionally blacked at birth, or am I looking at a natural process for silver steel? If i neglect to keep it polished, will the entire thing go dark over time, like old silver flatware? Am I better to polish it off, or keep it (if it's not an entirely aesthetic question)?
I tried researching the blade, with little luck. Any insight would be appreciated.