Found this old one

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  1. TigerLeo

    TigerLeo Well-Known Member

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    Was cleaning out a house for a friend and found this old knife. Deer antler handle. I hate to see something like this in such a state so I'm thinking of cleaning it up. Any advice? Thinking of using a brillo pad on the blade for the rust. But I digress, it does have a nice patina on it. So either steel wool anmd polish, or leave the patina and try to remove the rust via a different means. 20170309_170219.jpg 20170309_170227.jpg
     
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    You could ry a Scotchbrite pad with some light oil to see if it will loosen the rust, I would wrap the handle in some saran wrap to protect it from the oil though. I have used WD-40 and sc0th brite to clean rust off more modern knife blades before.
     
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    Stainless steel wool and penetrating oil should get rid of the scaly stuff and leave the patina.
     
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    And may I suggest completely cleaning it BEFORE sharpening it. Now that sounds like experience talking there. :rolleyes:

    I looked like I had been in a fight with a wildcat.
     
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    Its got a sharp point but the edge is lackluster.
     
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    I just thought of a rust removal method that might work for you, pour some vinegar into a glass or jar deep enough to cover the blade and soak it for a day or two. Don't pour enough vinegar that you are soaking the handle.

    The vinegar will dissolve the rust and leave a blackish grey patina on the blade, I've used it to force patina on new blades and to clean rust off of yard sale wrenches and other rusty old tools, it works pretty good.
     
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    I have always heard that soaking somthing Rusty in classic Coca-Cola works... ? Would be interested in what it would do to it.
    Worst case scenario would be the blade can not be saved, but perhaps the handle could be reused.
     
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    I've always heard it would completely eat it all.
     
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    :eek::eek:Never mind my suggestion!:eek::eek: Coca-Cola is crazy- I wonder if I should stop drinking diet coke or even coke zero. :eek:
     
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    Don't know that I could stop...
     
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    I've used Coca-Cola to clean the rust from inside old cast iron skillets. Has to soak at least a couple of days. Vinegar works too. I've taken the rust off hundreds of steel traps using a water/lye mixture.
     
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