How to get rust off of a blade.

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by bmpeele, May 7, 2010.

  1. bmpeele

    bmpeele New Member

    Feb 27, 2010
    The grand old state of North Carolina
    Okay no naval jelly then. And as for the pictures I do not have a camera at this time.
  2. aquaman

    aquaman New Member

    May 27, 2010
    If the blade is lightly rusted with no apparant "pitting" you can use a paste product called "Flitz" It will not remove the finish off the blade if it is hot blued, which this blade should be. The "Flitz" will not buff out any pitting, but only remove the rust, dirt and grime and leave a thin protective coating in the areas where the rust was removed. I would then coat the blade in a light oil, not WD-40 and wipe off the excess so as not to deposit oil in your display area. If this knife has a stacked leather washer handle, the "Flitz" will also clean the dirt, stains, and grime off the leather as well. If you use "Flitz" on the leather be sure to then use a non-staining leather cleaner or leather balm to condition the leather washers and to remove any resudaul Flitz from the leather.

    Most sporting goods stores, gun shops, gun shows, and knife shops will carry this product and I am sure you can buy it online as well. Be cautious it is "habit forming". Once you how well it works you will be using it on all your knives and guns alike. Please bear in mind it will take off a "cold blue" fiinish, as well as most painted finishes.
  3. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    Move between WA and points south
    I have used Liquid Wrench to remove rust. Soak a cloth in LW and wrap the knife in it and let it sit.

    Muratic (sp?) acid can also be used. Dilute it and apply with a cloth, rubbing the rust, then rinse with water.

    I have also used brake fluid to remove rust spots from a blued finish. It removes minor rust without harming the finish.
  4. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Muriatic acid will also remove bluing.
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