Re: best way to clean up an old blade
If it's got a finish on it like parkerizing you'll reduce the value if you take the finish off, so in that case I'd stick to surface cleaners and rust dissolving chemicals mild enough not to harm the finish.
On the other hand, if it's plain steel, that's not an issue, and I always keep some Simichrome polish on hand for the really tough clean-up jobs on unfinished steel. Simichrome will work when other cleaners don't, though it can remove finishes from parkerizing to silverplate to you name it. You CAN use it on plated surfaces, and it does a spectacular job of renewing old items that seem to be a lost cause -- as long as you keep in mind that too many applications or too much rubbing with Simichrome can take off the plating.
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Last edited by offeror; 04-03-2005 at 11:45 PM..