Rusty knifes

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by Appliancedude, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

    I inhereted my dads knife collection when I moved out on my own. I also left them right where I found them, in the bottom of the gun cabinet. So for some reason I was in the drawer and started looking at all the knifes. They are all rusted. To much humidity in the drawer. So what can I use to get the rust off without causing anymore damage to the blades than there already is?
  2. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    light rust or heavy and pitted

  3. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

    Both. Some have very light rust and some have thick. Sorry the pic quality isn't real good. I want to clean them up and build a display case for them. Or somehow hang them up to show off.


  4. 300 H&H

    300 H&H Active Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    On rusty machine surfaces, a bit of oil and a 3M scotchbrite pad (scouring pad) will get most of it off, and not damage the surface finish, but I have not tried it on a rusty knife blade. It may be a place to start....Good luck with these, Kirk
  5. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    0000 steel wool and WD 40. Scotchbrite pads will scratch the surface.
  6. id use, navel jelly. then polish with ooo steel wool and oil of ur choice.. i finnished a few ww2 knives and bayonets this way.
  7. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Naval Jelly and other phosphoric acid rust removers will etch the metal.
    Use 0000 steel wool and WD 40. It's what I use, and they pay me the big money to do it.
  8. 300 H&H

    300 H&H Active Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    Thanks Bill,

    I did not know scotchbrite would harm a polished surface. I used it on an old turning lathe that the fomer owner had kept in an unheated shop. It was very good for removing the surface rust. Just did not know it was that agressive. Regards, Kirk
  9. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input guys. I appreciate it
  10. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Yes. Gret Scotchbrite is what Ruger suggests using to match their matte stainless finish.
  11. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

    One more question. For the really bad knife should I let the wd40 soak in for a while? Or does it matter?
    Thanks again
  12. Big ugly

    Big ugly New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Knoxville Tennessee
    It may not matter, I would try to attack it with a polishing wheel and a Dremal
  13. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    maybe thats why the wife shoots you in the butt with her lil darty bb gun. you been "attacking" her kitchenwear with a dremel tool
  14. :D:D:DFOML:D:D:D
  15. +1
    I use a Arkansas soft honing stone
    to work out shallow pitting.
    Time consuming, but good steel is worth it.
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