Why not, do you do your sanding in the n00d?Not the type of sanding I want to be doing in an open garage in full view of the passing neighbors, either.
Well, personally, the "type" of metal (quality, etc) isn't super important, it's more about the look & feel of it. I don't know if you remember my GoNY Club-Axe project? For the axe-head, I used a piece of low-grade steel that had previously been a blanking-panel for a server rack (a "perk" of IT work). I cut the basic shape out with an angle-grinder, & finished with a rasp & belt sander.I avoid working with metal, for lack of tools and experience.
What metal would you use, and what cutting tools?