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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by JOLLYTIME715, Jun 20, 2018.
New guy to the forums but old guy here. Some beautiful knives on this thread! I understand 'natural' patina that comes with the normal wear/tear/aging of a knife, but I don't understand the 'forced' patina thing? Is it to make a knife look older/used or is it purely aesthetics?
Some guys force a patina because they think it looks cool.
Some guys force a patina to ward off rust.
I would like to think an individual could just keep rust off a knife by keeping it reasonably clean? At least that's all I've ever done. Learn something new everyday!
I tend to prefer to let the patina develop naturally, but I have forced a few. It is a fun and easy modification you can do, and for us compulsive tinkerers sometimes it is hard not to play around with stuff like that. I’m not 100% convinced forcing a patina wards off rust, though - it certainly hasn’t helped with my Old Hickory kitchen knives.
Those things rust at the sight of water...
Won't really ward off rust no but certainly keeps pitting at bay and that's important.
Such a great looking patina.
Thanks John, it never crossed my mind to flip it over and get a shot of the mark side I was in a hurry for no reason.
My great grandmother knew to stick her new kitchen knives into potatoes 100 years ago. Forcing a patina is nothing new.
I do prefer to help a patina along, usually with a good meal. I won’t patina with anything I wouldn’t eat.
A nice meal imparts a positive energy into a blade that will last longer than the patina.
Corned beef and cabbage patina. Something I look forward to for months, then enjoy for a week or so. Every time I see this knife it releases the same feeling as eating comfort food.
Vidalia onion pattern faux Damascus. I love onions. Again positive feelings
The only food this has seen yet is strawberries and an apple.
Here’s one with some honest use, formerly owned by somebody who carved their name in the bolster.
Here's a Texas Jack who's patina is all naturally earned. A light grey patina on the blade and a substantially green patina showing through the amber jigged bone. I've enjoyed watching it age as the patina makes it one of a kind and says, "This Case is mine!"
Some of my Lloyd Trappers Second in from right has no patina yet but looks shaded ,it's just the pic . The 52100 gets a nice even " grey" I've found . It helps hide scratches on the blades ,it's great stuff