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#6551120 - 11/19/16 10:06 PM cleaning up a rusty heirloom
Txhuntr2 Offline

Registered: 02/19/12
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Loc: Houston and Val Verde
My great grandfather owned a general store and did some butchering. I have inherited a few cool old butchering knives that I still use. Recently I found his old meat clever at my family's house in the garage. It's been in that garage for decades and is now pretty rusty. I want to clean it up so I can use it when needed.

1. What's the best way to remove the rust and preserve the blade?

2. The handle is wood and is held on by what looks like 3 rivets or pins through the blade handle. It looks like the metal between the wood is rusted too. What's the best way to remove the wood handles to clean up the metal below.

3. Is reinstalling the wood handles a difficult job best reserved for someone with knife making skill or is that something I can do?

#6553988 - 11/22/16 06:04 AM Re: cleaning up a rusty heirloom [Re: Txhuntr2]
Dave Davidson Offline
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I have one of those. It's massive. I've done some restoration and use Loctite Rust Dissolver as a first step. Don't sweat the pitting. That happens on old steel. Use a drill press to remove the old rivets or pins. On the handle, I've sometimes just had to make new ones. It all depends on how bad the wood is.

When you use a non stainless blade it should be washed, dried and set aside to air.
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#6556059 - 11/23/16 02:45 PM Re: cleaning up a rusty heirloom [Re: Txhuntr2]
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I've had some luck with vinegar as rust remover. It does take a while.
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