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Damascus Steel Rust Removal

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by MonkeyLlama8, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. MonkeyLlama8

    MonkeyLlama8

    3
    Mar 12, 2018
    Hello, I recently noticed, that on my Damascus Steel blade, there are a few small rust spots, they are nothing big they just slightly ruin the atheistic of the blade. I was wandering what would be the best way to remove these? I heard that Simichrome is good with a steel wool, but I just wanted to make sure before I do anything that could worsen the steel.

    Thank you.
     
  2. horseclover

    horseclover Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2000
    Picture please. The thing is that if it was etched to bring out the pattern, any abrasive or even polish is going to change the appearance. Start with a soft rag and light oil.

    Cheers

    GC
     
  3. MonkeyLlama8

    MonkeyLlama8

    3
    Mar 12, 2018
    These are pictures of the blade, its just a small amount of rust but I want to make sure to keep the blade safe. Thank you for your help.


    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/26920935378/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/[img]

    [img]https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38980769900/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/[img]

    (This is my first time posting a photo, if it doesn't work please tell me and I am sorry for any inconveniences).
     
  4. horseclover

    horseclover Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2000
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/26920935378/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38980769900/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

    Ya, I would just go with light oil first. The blade was initially etched, which is a matter of oxidation to begin with. Believe it or not, a dilute ammonia (Windex) will help retard rust. If you are going to polish the entire blade, it will be ok to use a light abrasive. Noxon is quite good. Shake it up well. It contains both a little ammonia and oxalic acid, which can bust up rust. Slather on, let it dry and gently wipe off. Nevr-Dull is white spirits, ground silica, clay and cotton batting. That is also fairly gentle. The thing is, don't scrub a lot in one area with more abrasive stuff, as it will make a mismatched spot. Once you have an appearance you like, paste wax, Renaissance Wax, silicone spray or glaze, something similar. If this is a sword with which you are cutting wet stuff, always clean the blade promptly.

    Cheers

    GC
     
  5. MonkeyLlama8

    MonkeyLlama8

    3
    Mar 12, 2018
    Thank you very much, I will try with a light oil hopefully this will work.
     

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