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Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:48 pm

This may sound odd, but has anyone used a blow dryer after washing their knives to completely remove all water? I've heard of a few people doing this after getting their EDC knives really dirty.

Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:32 am

OTAKU <> That's analogous to bringing a gun to a knife fight.

I'm sorry folks, but these are metal sticks we are talking about here! Wash it, and dry the damn thing with a towel. This is not rocket science...

Furthermore, if you use a hair dryer, don't use the heater.

Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:12 pm

I always wondered myself, but I never tried it. Thanks for the input Melampus!

Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:06 am

Don't wipe the steel with your bare fingers, the oils from your fingers may be what is causing your troubles. Use a cloth to dry and check the blade for food residue.

A nice blue or grey patina is a good thing, an orange one is the color to avoid.

Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:11 am

I find that many cloth towels will leave water droplets, so I do my final drying with paper towels and then check them around 30 minutes later to make sure I didn't miss any spots.

Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:44 am

On carbon knives where I can remove the handle (and friction-fit custom handles) I like to apply gun bluing to the hidden part of the tang. It's a great rust preventer.

Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:25 pm

I have to try that now....I spend a lot of time sanding all the rust away on the exposed tang. You just apply and it removes the rust? That would be slick.

Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:54 pm

no, gun bluing will react with the steel, oxidizing it and somewhat making the surface react, so it won't rust any more. At that point, why not just rub a few coats of Super Glue on it, it will do the same thing I guess? I just epoxy the heck out of the tang and make sure the slot if completely filled in the ferrule.

Re: Rust, Oxidation, Patinas, Knife Care? Help Please.

Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:38 pm




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