This shows the blade polished with 1200 grade. At these finer grades it is important to keep the blade and the water clean.
At 1500 the blade should be very reflective, making it more difficult to photograph. Note that the dark line along the cutting edge is a relection.
The blade is highly reflective after being polished with 2000 grade wet and dry. The temperline is slightly visible. At this stage it is important to have polished at about 60 degrees to the edge and polished until the lines from the 1500 grade paper have gone.
The final stage with the wet and dry paper is to polish the entire blade parallel to the edge with 2000 grade paper. Polish until the previous 2000 grade line are no longer visible and the temperline should be quite easy to see.
The next stage is to etch the blade.