Hello everyone...just had a question....Like an idiot I have a Jerry Fisk Damascus knife that was left in its sheath...noticed some rust spots on the blade...any idea how to remove it? I haven't tried anything yet. TIA.
On a cheap/user knife, you could try 000 steel wool and oil, or Flitz, but both would reduce the contrast of the etch, on a damascus Fisk, I'd follow RWS' advice and have Jerry do it, but of course, Jerry is a busy guy, it may take a while. An alternative would be to send it to a high-end maker who isnt quite as busy. You could at least try some oil and a stiff nylon toothbrush first, cant hurt, might do OK.
I have recently discovered the "wonder" polish for my damascus. ........
They are cheap, work well and you can get them at Wal-mart.........
I even polish ivory and pearl to a mirror shine with them.....
They are "Trim" brand Natural Buffing System finger nail boards. A package costs one dollar, has three boards of progressively finer grits, and will take off surface rust in a few swipes.
The nice thing about a finger buff is they don't effect the dark background on deep etched damascus like a polishing paste will. Use a light touch and it will remove the rust from the high spots, then oil the blade and rub with a cloth to remove the rust from the background areas. From my experience, the background rust blends right in with the oxides from the etch....since it is an oxide itself.
I would get in touch with Jerry first, but if you want to try the nail buffs, I can assure you if you use a light touch they won't wash out the contast on the steel.
most Surface rust like that usually buff's off with a white compound ,if you don't have a friendly maker close by who will do that for you , i would try Flitz and a toothbrush to apply ,if all else fail's i agree with Danbo/ Roger and the guy's send it back to Jerry im sure he would take care of it .
a Word of Advise use EEZOX on that blade as soon as the rust get's removed . im not trying to know everything here ,ive had this same thing happen to several knives before . i use to use Renwax but still got rust , i thought id try something diffrent , so i did i will never send a blade out that has not been coated by this stuff . it is really that good .
Actually Daniel, I believe I got it right first. People make the mistake of thinking Flitz isn't abrasive, it most certainly is, just less so than other polishes, and I can tell you from personal experience, Flitz will reduce the contrast, and, if you go further, you can give that blade a nice mirror polish too. Jerry might have a stroke if you do, but, Flitz will do it if you keep at it. Flitz contains a mild abrasive, but it's still abrasive.
I would try some oil and a stiff nylon toothbrush before all else, it can't abrade, and it may get some of the rust off.
Funny about Bailey's suggestion, I suppose thats what he TELLS the guy at his local beauty supply, when we all know the truth. Actually, I have used something very similar for touching up steels for a while, very close to what Bailey suggested, but, my wife, who is the buyer for a large wholesale beauty supply, one day brought home these disposable nail files, which have 3 levels of grit on them, a dark gray part, which is pretty coarse, maybe 200, a white part, which is about 600, and the other side is a lighter gray, which is very fine, maybe 1000 or so, the neat thing about these is, each file has all 3 grits on them, makes it very easy and convienient. Plus, as Bailey said, theyre pretty cheap, especially if you know somebody.
When you get right down to it Ari, why should I polish all those knife handles so well and not enjoy that shine for myself. Besides, my nails don't look right if they are dull when holding one of the glossy ivory handled folders I carry.
I am a small fry in the big world of colletors and only own one damascus blade which I use often, but than its not $6k. Ocassionally it rusts. Small spots you can take off with anything softer than steel; one of those wood dowels that lady's use in manicures and nail polishing works well. However, when I used flitz, it takes off the rust and a good part of the blade color and contrast. However, as I use the knife over time, it oxidizes by itself and the color differences came back. You can't use flitz w/o changing the appearance of the blade. For me that's part of the fun of damascus. Occassionally, I'll gently surfact polish the blade just to watch it change colors over time.