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Cleaning off rust #9072437 07/06/24 06:37 PM
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I inherited some old pocket knives and most have considerable amount rust on the blades and back springs. What is the best way to clean off this rust. None are valuable other than sentimental value, Case, Frost, Buck, etc.

Re: Cleaning off rust [Re: jlsbassman] #9072513 07/06/24 09:59 PM
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Soak in 50/50 acetone and transmission fluid. If you can get the steel parts off, put them in vinegar for a while after.


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Re: Cleaning off rust [Re: jlsbassman] #9072547 07/06/24 11:35 PM
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What are the slabs on the sides? A lot of 50's 60's knives had different plastic slabs, and the acetone will attack the hell out of a lot of them.
Vinegar works but slow, I would try Evaporust or equivalent first, as it should harm the slabs. Then hit it with fine steel wool, or really fine sandpaper.
As a Blacksmith, I have had a lot of time cleaning yp old tool steel.

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I build only high carbon steel knives. Don’t leave them wet or put them in a dishwasher. I like Noxrust, light weight sandpaper and then re sharpen if needed.


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Re: Cleaning off rust [Re: jlsbassman] #9073989 07/10/24 11:43 AM
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WD-40 and steel wool


Originally Posted by Superduty
I am still looking for the perfect apron, one with reinforced knee areas would be perfect.

Re: Cleaning off rust [Re: jlsbassman] #9074473 07/11/24 12:45 PM
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I use a very mild polishing compound and a cotton buffing wheel on my bench grinder.. Typically cleans things up very nicely (and quickly)..

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