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Back with questions.

Nov 26, 1999
Hey ya'll!

Well I'm back and for good this time. I hope to keep posting as often as possible. As some of you may know I've been in the Air Force and I've now finished my initial training and I'll be stationed near Salt Lake City. A mere 4 hours away from Uncle Bill as I understand it. I can already hear my money floating into his pocket. As long as Uncle Bill can put up with the occasional visit from me, and let me dig through the knife pile we'll get along just fine.

Now for the question. I gave a friend of mine a Ganga Ram as a wedding present. While he was away on his honeymoon in Finland his as***le brother used it to cut up trees and rocks and the threw it back in the sheath. There it sat for three weeks. Now the blade is all brown( rust I think ) and the edge is anti-sharp with some wicked nicks in it. What should I do? He's tried polishing it and I've I tried the penny trick and it didn't really do much. So I just had him cover it in oil and put it back in the sheath until I could consult the experts. The rust or whatever is in a very fine layer pretty much covering the whole blade. Any help is of course very much apprieciated.

- D

Tape the bolster and handle real good and apply the naval jelly and let it work. Wash it off and repeat as needed. I'll let others comment on the rest as to bringing the the polish back, but you'll probably have to start with sandpaper and go from there.

Regarding the nicks, get a hardened piece of steel about a foot long ( if you can find a one sided file the smooth back side would be perfect ) and try to burnish or push as much steel as possible back, going away from the edge and working a small section at a time. Work only one side at a time, preferably with the blade edge up in a vise so you can use both hands and put your back into it. Then turn and work on the other side inch by inch until you've raised a burr along the entire edge. Only after you do this until you have as much as possible forced back into place should you get out the files and stones. That way you only take off the bare minimum needed to work out the nicks.

I personally would use either some 0000 steel wool or a fine Scotch-Brite©™ pad to remove the rust.
And some WD-40 along with the mild abrasive would probably make the project go faster.
The rest of what my little Bro said sounds just fine.

It's too bad something like that happened, but now that it's broken in, whether properly or improperly, there shouldn't be any hesitation in using the GRS as it was made to be used.
Actually it probably, as is, resembles a well used khukuri in Nepal except for the nicks and dings in its edge.
Uncle Bill said all the khukuris in Nepal that are used are rusty when asked about how the Nepali people took care of them.



Indin word for lousy hunter.
Thanks for good help. A little rust isn't going to kill the knife and you have a lot of blade to play with to take out the nicks and dings before you destroy the knife -- probably take 50 or 100 years so rest well. And SLC is a short piece in this part of the world so hop on down.

Blessings from the computer shack in Reno.

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