How to get stains off knife?

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  1. Atheus

    Atheus Diamond Member

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    I went fishing for a week, bought a folding knife while I was there, but after a couple of days I noticed it had developed little brown marks almost like tea makes on a wooden table. It's quite a nice knife, not stainless, good high carbon steel.

    Ay ideas on removing these? I've tried detergent, white spirit, acetone, and elbow grease with no noticable effect...
     
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    who did you stick?
     
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    ;)

    yeah, enough with the "fish story"

    you better melt that thing down so the DNA is gone

    or throw it into a volcano
     
  5. Atheus

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    lol ok, I'm pretty sure it's fish guts or something, but you can never discount the multiple personality murder theory...
     
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    i laughed as soon as i read the thread title.
     
  7. nakedfrog

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    Try stabbing it into the dirt outside and then washing it off?
     
  8. shodge37

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    me, too
     
  9. K1052

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    try denatured alcohol
     
  10. hanoverphist

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    i new piece of emery cloth and some light mineral oil will get that off. be prepared to repolish it afterwards, it takes that "factory sheen" off the steel. those are water spots (aka rust) on the blade. take care of them before they spread. next time dry off the knife completely before sheathing it.
     
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    this thread has potential
     
  12. Atheus

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    Tried it.

    Doesn't really look like rust, but it did spend a bit of time in the sea water... ok I'll give it a try. Thanks.
     
  13. K1052

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    hanoverpriest is right then
     
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    Ask at your local police station, they have lots of handy cleaning hints.
     
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    /notifies federal agents
     
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    Some homemaker laundry sites recommend peroxide to get blood out of clothes. If you need to clean some bloody clothes too :thumbsup:
     
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    Yeah, that should work. I Usually just use steel wool. Put gun oil on afterward.

    Fern
     
  18. Atheus

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    Oil and 600 grade sandpaper worked brilliant. Thanks!
     
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    Was said stain acquired from bulk beef?
     
  21. hanoverphist

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    alternator sized?
     
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    High carbon steel will do that. It's called a patina I believe. It'll eventually get like that again. It's not bad for the knife.
     
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    i used metal polish when my spyderco harpy was stained, as a side effect it made it gave more shine also.
     
  25. hanoverphist

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    ya, ole No.7 will work great too. but any abrasives will dull the blade finish. the emery and oil was the easiest to do with crap a lot of people have on hand. and while patinas wont hurt the blade, they sure dont look cool on a nice knife.