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    carbon steel blade advice

    hi guys, i'm new here and also pretty new to knives in general, which is kind of the reason i'm having to ask this...

    like an idiot i tried to clean my carbon-steel knife by soaking it in vinegar, from what i'd read on the internet this was a great way to clean blades... except for carbon-steel it turns out

    so basically the blades gone all black, blotchy and dull coloured and doesn't look very nice anymore

    does anybody know of any method i can use to restore it to it's former shiny-self?

    any help would be much appreciated, cheers

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    Re: carbon steel blade advice

    As long as you didn't leave it in the vinegar long enough to pit the blade, just hit it with some kind of mildly abrasive metal polish like Simichrome. The black are the oxides formed by the acid in the vinegar etching the steel. With that said, if the blade had gotten bad enough that you needed to soak it, it will likely never go completely back to its "former shiny self" Carbon blades darken and discolor with use.
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    Re: carbon steel blade advice

    I suspect you'll struggle to get it really shiny again. Just console yourself with the knowledge that it's much less likely to go rusty now that you have forced a patina.

    This is one where I purposefully aimed for the effect you have got:

    http://stewartjlight.atchoo.org/port...tag-2.JPG.html

    If you polish it with some stropping compound now, it won't be as dull but you will still see the pattern.

    Pictures?

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    Re: carbon steel blade advice

    Putting a blade in vinegar is one of the most common ways to forcing a patina, it should harm the blade, actually if done right it can help prevent rust and stop ditasting food to a small degree.

    Say it was intentional.

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    Re: carbon steel blade advice

    hijacking a bit here ;-)

    have just ordered a carbon blade knife as it was cheap as chips and want a user and abuser for camp kitchen use. seeing that the carbon blades can possibly taint food? would a vinegar soak help to prevent this? looks are not important at all in this case.

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    Re: carbon steel blade advice

    thanks for the replies guys

    it's only a cheapie bushcraft knife anyway so i suppose i'm not too fussed if it doesn't go completely back to normal

    i'll get hold of some polish and give it a good clean

    here's a photo



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    Re: carbon steel blade advice

    Quote Originally Posted by senornoob View Post
    thanks for the replies guys

    it's only a cheapie bushcraft knife anyway so i suppose i'm not too fussed if it doesn't go completely back to normal

    i'll get hold of some polish and give it a good clean

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    Looks fine to me. It will still cut just as well, and as has been mentioned, it won't rust so easily now.
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    Re: carbon steel blade advice

    Just polish the edge and it'll look great.
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