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how to keep my carbon steel blades rust free

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by pimpnugget, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. pimpnugget

    pimpnugget Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2008
    i got a new cold steel recon scout and it keep rusting and my stuff i use to keep rust away but it dont work i need you guys help
  2. Bushman5


    Oct 31, 2007
    wipe it clean with WD40 and 0000 (ultra fine) steel wool to remove the existing surface rust. Then wipe clean with a rag and spray the blade liberally with silicone lubricant. Wipe with a rag. The silicone lube keeps the blade from rusting.


    - dont store a wet knife in the sheath
    - wipe with a rag sprayed with silicone lube after use.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2008
  3. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    Silicone is good; for something even stronger I recommend Marine Tuf Glide.
    It bonds with the steel and lasts a long time.

    Wipe off the blade after each use with a clean cloth.

    Also, if you're storing the knife for more than a few days, keep it out of the sheath.

    SOLEIL Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    +1 on those tips. A good rub down with the Marine Tuf Glide will protect the steel even in salt water environments.
  5. mnblade


    Feb 7, 2000
    Here's what I do to keep my Case cv blades rust free: After each use, dab a little spit or water on the blade and then wipe it dry with a tissue or napkin or handkerchief (or part of your t-shirt or the leg of your jeans - whatever). That's it. IF you do get a little rust, it'll just be the lightest of surface rust anyway, which can be taken off with a little soapy water and a mild abrasive like the scrubby side of your kitchen-sink sponge or even by scraping away with your thumb nail. Another thing that helps, I've found, is to put a bit of a patina on the blade. For more on this option, search the archives for the word patina. There's tons of info there.
  6. elkins45


    Jun 17, 2006
    I'm a real fan of Johnson's Paste Wax---does a great job keeping your hunting rifles rust-free as well.
  7. winz


    May 28, 2008

    Johnson(or any paste wax really) works on guns and knives very well.

    One could go with various CLPs or various rust preventatives including silicone cloths/sprays or similar......paste wax is just easier and usually less messy.
  8. oldways


    Jun 1, 2008
    Coat with food grade mineral oil. No rust and its food safe.
  9. sir woodley

    sir woodley

    Feb 13, 2006
    I also use food grade mineral oil on all my knives. Wipe them / wash them after use. (Depends on task) Wipe them on t-shirt / jeans during the day. Once a week or so add some mineral oil. M
  10. Tiny86


    Mar 21, 2007
    Tuff cloth and RainX should help.
  11. B Hess

    B Hess

    Feb 20, 2006
    Eezox is the best rust preventative I've ever used.
  12. adamlau

    adamlau Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 13, 2002
  13. he who say

    he who say

    Dec 11, 2007
    maybe its your location? ive had no problems with rust on any carbon steel" with minimal care". maybe the sins of your pegan past have landed you where you are with a rusty knife?
  14. rctk1

    rctk1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    I like to use plain old flitz metal polish. it removes surface rust as well as protect the blade for a long time. You also do get that sticky slimy residue that most lubricants leave behind.

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