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So...does anyone else hate patinas? :)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by thedaver8, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. thedaver8


    May 22, 2013
    I love reading all the posts on patinas and seeing all the pictures--and i know i'm in the minority here--but is there anyone else out there that just likes to keep their blades looking shiny and purdy? :D
  2. Shaggy

    Shaggy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    I don't hate patinas per se; some of them look really nice ( I especially like the rainbow effect when new and the uniform dark (hot vinegar) patinas). However, I personally prefer my blades nice and shiny as do you.

  3. No. ;)

    This is not to say that the absence of patina is a bad thing. In more practical terms, some blades that patina easily won't be so useful in certain tasks, so a 'shiny' stainless blade would be preferred.

    Having said that, I do sincerely respect that others might not feel the same as myself. To each his own. We'd all be pretty bored, if we all felt the same way. Wouldn't be much to talk about around here. :thumbup:

  4. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    I hate patinas, especially fake 'forced' patinas!

    There, I said it. Like an emotional floodgate opening... what a relief. :D
  5. yablanowitz


    Apr 14, 2006
    I don't generally buy knives to look at, I buy them to use. Maintaining them is one thing, coddling them to keep them pristine seems rather pointless to me. That said, I carried nothing but stainless steel in the years that I worked on lawn irrigation systems and got wet several times a day.
  6. Allen R.

    Allen R.

    Nov 1, 2011
    Wrong forum I didn't realize this was the traditional forum, apologies...
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2013
  7. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    I like 'em shiny too. After a few days, I think it's neat to use a little Flitz polish and see the gleaming steel once again.

    I let a knife get a patina, but it doesn't last long, unless I am out of town.

    That's why I laugh when people say an old carbon steel knife w/o a patina must have been made "minty" for sale. Could be true, but if the owner was like me, they might just liked to keep their knives shiny and well oiled.
  8. wouldestous


    Jul 8, 2012
    neither love nor hate them. they just are.
  9. Parke1


    Feb 11, 2003
    I've somewhat turned on the subject. I used to really be bothered by any patina forming on my blades, but as I've used carbon steel knives more extensively, I've found that I appreciate them more. I'm happy that the patina helps increase rust resistance.

  10. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    They "just are" as long as they don't look artificial. I doubt someone purposefully soaked this knife in vinegar and mustard; these knives earned their colors over a lifetime of use.



    Interestingly, here's a knife with carbon steel (I'm pretty sure they're carbon anyway) blades that was used and carried for decades on an Illinois farm. Sweat, water, damp humidity, neglect. And it's less dark than some forum knives that arrived in last week's mail!

    Perhaps if a knife is used to cut rough materials, it's self-polished and the patina is naturally kept to a minimum? Or perhaps the grease and oil from farm work kept the blades properly protected?
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2013
  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005

  12. Smithhammer


    Nov 9, 2012
    Knives are for using, and all my knives are users. Therefore, they all show signs of use sooner or later. I like the character that patina gives a knife over time.

    Finding the time to use all my knives is another issue... :D
  13. pmew

    pmew Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    I'll go with Bob W and Wouldestous, put simply; with carbon blades, patina happens when you use em.
  14. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    If I carried each of my knives for a year, probably the minimum amount of time for a natural patina and wear to begin appearing, I'd have to live until the year 2613 to use them all.

    And that's assuming I didn't buy any more knives in the meantime, which is quite unlikely. :D
  15. thedaver8


    May 22, 2013
    forgive my ignorance, but is this not rust?
  16. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    Just like my hammers, chisels, screwdrivers, tin snips, lineman's, saws, etc. plus I'm surrounded by saltwater.

  17. scruffuk


    Jan 14, 2010

    Buy a knife with more than one blade. Use one for food prep, one for t'other.

    You're laughing.

    It come with the territory. If not, buy stainless!
  18. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    Perhaps a little. Might just be dried oil or some other staining.
    But it looks like a knife that was really used, does it not?
  19. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    No, not at all...

    I really love the patina on my blades... it shows me how I´ve used the knife in general or carried it.

    Freshly honed blade with a greatyl earned patina on the blade


    I LOVE to see how the patina "grows" and "developes"...
  20. Smithhammer


    Nov 9, 2012
    ^ That's what I really like to see - a patina'd blade with a fresh, shiny edge! [​IMG]

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