Rusty Swamprat

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by beaverballs, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. beaverballs

    beaverballs

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    Oct 7, 2009
    What’s the best way to bring her back, gents?

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  2. Ulf Krogstad

    Ulf Krogstad Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2013
    I'd probably just resharpen the edge and beat the rust off. Sand paper/grinder.

    That thing looks like it was stored in Poseidon's salt watery bunghole.

    Would like to hear the story how ended up like this. Probably worst neglect ever seen, on a Busse.
     
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  3. effenoam

    effenoam

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    Mar 19, 2013
    If you dont mind the pitting I would just use CLP and a steel brush. Otherwise, sandpaper.
     
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  4. theobetts

    theobetts

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    Nov 4, 2004
    How did this happen?
     
  5. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    Vinegar, steel wool or sanding sponge, sharpen, use. Sand more for smoothness if needed. Sr101 rusts really easy but it doesn't pit easily, from my experience, so it's likely not too deep.

    Looks fine to me. I would get light rust on my ratweiler if I worked in heavy due in the mornings but it would come right off and vinegar makes the rust a deep patina. However, I now have an infiweiler, so no more worries.

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    Shortly after I got it (bought lightly used and stripped).
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  6. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Just a bit of character. Oil it, sharpen it and use it. If the color bothers you, use a metal polish like mothers to slowly clean it up.

    n2s
     
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  7. beaverballs

    beaverballs

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    Oct 7, 2009
    Thanks for the tips, gents! This rust is simply from sitting in a drawer in Hawaii. Sorry, nothing exciting, just plain old neglect.
     
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  8. beaverballs

    beaverballs

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    Oct 7, 2009
    Bikerector, I dig the patina on that Ratweiler. Definitely going to give the vinegar a try, perhaps along with a fine steel brush I have laying around here.
     
  9. beaverballs

    beaverballs

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    Oct 7, 2009
    Looks better than ever after about 30 min of scrubbing with a fine steel brush and some apple cider vinegar.
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  10. steelnut

    steelnut

    Jan 9, 2007
    Wow that was bad!
    I have that knife and am thinking about a mustard patina to protect it.
    I did it to a smaller sr101 and it has lasted years.
    You can find BF threads on the topic..

    Edit* Took a pix, I used the Rat to chop the head off of last years Thanksgiving Turkey.
    Patina is starting to form on it's own, but I want to see the temper line...

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  11. Ulf Krogstad

    Ulf Krogstad Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2013
    Wow, that's unreal. Guess if lived in HI would mostly have stainless knives if that kind of corrosion can happen from just sitting in a drawer.

    Nice work cleaning it up tho.:thumbsup: Patina=character.

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  12. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Man, Hawaii is not joking arround with corrosion!!! I've swam with carbon steel knives and never had anything like that!!!!!

    You might want to stick to INFI!!!
     
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  13. beaverballs

    beaverballs

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    Oct 7, 2009
    Haha, I think you may be right about me being better suited to INFI. It’s been years since I’ve had any TBH. I’ve been jonesing bad to try a leaner meaner as of late. Not even sure why, but that model really speaks to me as a good general purpose blade. Now I just need to find one for sale.
     
  14. beaverballs

    beaverballs

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    Oct 7, 2009
    I dug the SR-101 patina look so much that I’m stripping my Ratmandu. Wish me luck.
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  15. cut it out

    cut it out Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Man. How do cars and trucks hold up there???? That’s crazy. Yes you should invest in some Infi
     
  16. Maggot Brain

    Maggot Brain Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    Bit of advice regarding storing anything that will rust/corrode in furniture or gun safes....

    Formaldehyde is hidden in copious amount in these products, gun safes especially bad about this. Formaldehyde is extremely corrosive, almost all furniture is built with majority press board material with some type of veneer over it on the exterior for looks. Had this knife been sitting on top of said furniture, I suspect a drastically different outcome... humidity alone should not have this result IMO.
     
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  17. Maggot Brain

    Maggot Brain Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    For future reference, actually the easiest way to fix this sort of stuff is to pack it up and ship it back to the shop. Then cover return shipping and wait for a (seemingly) brand new knife to arrive in place of the old one. This is not a joke...
     
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  18. beaverballs

    beaverballs

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    Oct 7, 2009
    Good to know, gents, but I happen to like the authentic patina look. I hate paint on a blade. Bussekin should lose the paint all together in my view.
     
  19. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Love the before/after here. :cool: SR-101 surface rusts readily, but I've never seen it pit. At this point, I'd finish the M9 off with a mustard (for a pattern) or vinegar (for an even look) forced patina, then you'll not have to worry about it again.

    And maybe store it somewhere other than that drawer? Otherwise, find a small plastic storage container to put it in first if you still want to keep it in that drawer.
     
  20. chiral.grolim

    chiral.grolim Universal Kydex Sheath Extension Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 2, 2008
    Did you etch the logo first?
     

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