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Clames
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re: PSA for a pretty good hunting knife on sale.
Cold blue patina.







LEASTBAY
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re: PSA for a pretty good hunting knife on sale.
Came out nice.


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Scoob
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re: PSA for a pretty good hunting knife on sale.
looks nice, but I didn't think cold blue does anything for rust prevention.

Try the rust blue method- get discoloring from mustard, tomatoes, stuff like that. Vinegar does wonders. Then, boil it until the discoloring turns black.


Clames
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re: PSA for a pretty good hunting knife on sale.
Not much but some, I've done the same to a set of Stanley wood chisels I keep in my work vehicle and they don't rust nearly like they used to. This method works well, the finish lasts a while and is easy to touch up, and polishing it with Flitz or Maas then applying some paste wax or Fluid Film I have zero issues with rust. I keep an old carbon steel butcher knife in a tool box that sat in water after treating it like above and the few spots of rust it had wiped off with a finger rub. I wouldn't take it to salt water or keep in a boat but fine for camping.


Scoob
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re: PSA for a pretty good hunting knife on sale.
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Not much but some, I've done the same to a set of Stanley wood chisels I keep in my work vehicle and they don't rust nearly like they used to. This method works well, the finish lasts a while and is easy to touch up, and polishing it with Flitz or Maas then applying some paste wax or Fluid Film I have zero issues with rust.
Interesting to note.

I'm approaching this from the firearms side of things, I've always understood the cold blue to just be a discoloration of the steel. Sounds like the wax is the true protection! I keep a can of JPW for just this purpose, and it works great. It's the last thing I do after cleaning, I rub a dab over the externals (not as a lubricant, just the outside).


Clames
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: PSA for a pretty good hunting knife on sale.
It's a very thin passivation process, thin enough that I could polish the bluing right back off. All of my blued firearms are wax treated, paste or very hard carnauba, including wood furniture.


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