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Cleaning the blade

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Beastchopper, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. Beastchopper

    Beastchopper Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2018
    I have a few big blades (convexed SP53, Junglas, condor bushcraft parang) that I like to do a lot of chopping on very hard dead wood. I tend to collect material from the wood itself directly on the side of the blade steel, especially on convexed edges. It doesn't entirely come off with water or even a little vodka. I put some wd40 on the blades after wiping them, but that wood fiber/resin or whatever it is is still showing. Will this lead to rust or damage to the steel? Is there a good way to remove it or scrape it off? Should I not worry too much about it? Thanks, any advice is appreciated.
  2. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    not sure what type wood you are cutting but try a bit of mineral oil on the blade before you cut ... it helps keep some of the sap from gumming up and helps the blade glide through and not bind as much too ...

    0000 steel wool or Big 45 Frontier Metal Cleaner pads with kroil oil or similiar works great to remove sap and even surface rust from metal ... would work great on non coated blades ... I have never used them on coated blades but assume they would work ... might scratch or remove some of the coating if scrubbed hard but the coating is probably scuffed and wearing off already if you are chopping alot and having stuff stick to your blades.

    Even scotchbrite pads can remove alot of that ... I find kroil oil or ballistol helps break it down some.
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  3. Bob6794


    Apr 21, 2013
    Isopropyl alcohol, no need to waste good vodka.
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  4. Goo Gone is especially good with tree sap or pitch. I've used it to remove Juniper sap from my hands, tools & other items. Just spritz it on, wait maybe 5 minutes and wipe it off. On tools & such, don't be afraid to thoroughly wet it down; on your hands, just a little on a paper towel usually works. Sometimes a little bit of rubbing/scrubbing will help too, but give the stuff a few minutes to loosen up the gunk first.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2018
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  5. Beastchopper

    Beastchopper Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2018

    Thanks guys! 40 juniper trees came down years ago during hurricane Sandy and they're rock solid and full of resin, so it is pretty rough on the blades. Thanks again for the pointers though, I will try them out.
  6. Beastchopper

    Beastchopper Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2018
    Very true

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