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Stripping a CCK 1303

Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:37 pm

Has anyone stripped the lacquer off of their CCK cleaver? I'm thininking about taking it to bare metal and forcing a patina on it.

If so, what did y'all use? I know Aircraft Stripper will take it off, but that's some bad stuff. I can see it causing some damage to the metal.

Any suggestions?

Re: Stripping a CCK 1303

Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:05 pm

I stripped the lacquer off mine with some acetone (which is a more manly way of saying my girlfriend's nail polish remover). I only stripped the bottom half of the blade though (below the KU finish). I did a normal mustard and vinegar patina using bubble wrap and then cut up a bunch of assorted citrus. I was pleased with the outcome.

Re: Stripping a CCK 1303

Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:13 pm

A 400 grit sandpaper finish might get you. I like sanding everything off, but that's because I have a belt sander. Lacquer thinner and scotchbright will get you a long ways, then finish with some 220 and 400 grit sandpaper. After that, forcing a patina will certainly cover up any other imperfections for the most part.

Please keep in mind, I haven't actually tried the method listed, but this is probably how I'd try it first by hand. Don't be too afraid, if you want to get rid of the patina, just don't sand it with anything coarser than 200 grit and the scratches shouldn't be too deep to polish out easy. Coarser than 200 and you will significantly increase the time and labor involved. :)

Re: Stripping a CCK 1303

Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:29 pm

Are you talking about the KU on the top half of the blade or the thin lacquer on the bottom half...I just used a scotch bright pad on the bottom.

Re: Stripping a CCK 1303

Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:34 pm

claytonsmith, I am curious if you ever tried to strip the finish, how it turned out and what all you had to do... or if anyone else has had success with this?

Re: Stripping a CCK 1303

Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:50 pm

I just put up a new thread, thoughts after first re-handle that includes removing ku finish on a tanaka. How I did it, with pictures.

Re: Stripping a CCK 1303

Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:48 pm

Thanks a ton! I admired your photos and took a brief glimpse before bed. I will read through it tomorrow. Thanks again :)
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