Rust prevention?

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Rust prevention?

Postby cengert » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:11 pm

I've recently been trying my hand at file knives, the knives are turning out well except the fact that they take on rust easily. Does anyone have any suggestions, or is keeping them well oiled my only choice?
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Re: Rust prevention?

Postby Greywolf » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:39 pm

Dad always warmed his knife in the toaster over then coated the blade in Crisco shortening. seemed to work for him, course that was 40 some years ago, not even sure you can get it anymore these days
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Re: Rust prevention?

Postby cengert » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:04 pm

Thanks Greywolf, will have to give it a try.
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Re: Rust prevention?

Postby campfirelt » Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:39 am

Vaseline works well for knife blades and broadheads. They make a small tube (1" x 2-1/4") of a Vaseline type of lib balm that is easy to carry to the field with you.
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Re: Rust prevention?

Postby hawkthrower » Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:15 am

If it ain't stainless it'll rust

Rust it first, polish it back, leave a patina, and it will keep shiny. It'll leave you to tend to keeping the edge!

Polish it to a mirror, then use gun blue/black/brown - almost any method - then polish back to a shine at what ever color you wish - even bare metal with a thin patina will rust many times less quickly and can withstand more use and abuse before it will require attention in the field.
Heat and grease, oil, or slime of some water resistant nature is also needed but it soaks into the sheath and is only as good as you are reapplying it..... Maybe soak the sheath? :shock:

I brown my axe heads, shovels, forks, and sythe blades. I spend time keeping the edges and do a once a year re-oil/handle upkeep...... makes em last and I don't have rust even when it's been a year since I grabbed the felling axe or the splitting wedge...
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