So I'm trying my hand at restoring this blade but I'm not sure the best way to go about it. Is it best to take the scales off to clean the blade around the tang or just do the best with them on. I like the scales but they are discolored a little and have some gouges taken out of them so I might just rescale it anyways. What do you guys think? I think it could end up real nice. Also is there a better way to get the patina off other then sandpaper? The blade was mostly black with a couple nice rust spot when I started but I'm having problems getting the last little bit off. I'm using 200 grit atm to try and get the nasty off before starting to polish with finer paper.