In years gone by, my Great Grandfather would polish the lower part of the blade to show the quality of the steel, a practice we continue to this day.

The term ‘Half Bright’ refers to the bright, polished section of the blade, traditionally done as in this case to show off the quality of the metal. Carbon steel tools, like all tools, will need a bit of tlc every now and then to keep them in top shape and will last for years if looked after, just like the ones of my grandfather’s still in use today.