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STAINLESS/CARBON

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:11 pm
by Quick Steel
Does anyone know a simple way to determine whether a blade is either carbon or stainless? Thanks in advance for any information.

Re: STAINLESS/CARBON

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:32 pm
by tongueriver
I recall that Orvet recommended a Birchwood Casey instant blueing product I think called Presto Blue, which would 'take' on non-stainless, not so much on stainless. I have been meaning to look at that and also 'browning' products.

Re: STAINLESS/CARBON

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:34 am
by Colonel26
Cold blue like we touch up guns with won’t take on stainless. Or you could peel an apple. Stainless won’t patina.

Re: STAINLESS/CARBON

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:00 am
by Modern Slip Joints
Colonel26 wrote: [...] Or you could peel an apple. Stainless won’t patina.

The correct test is to make an apple pie, or two. :D

Re: STAINLESS/CARBON

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:01 am
by Colonel26
Modern Slip Joints wrote:
Colonel26 wrote: [...] Or you could peel an apple. Stainless won’t patina.

The correct test is to make an apple pie, or two. :D


I like the way you think. A big platter of my grandma’s fried apple pies and a cup of strong black coffee. You done flung a cravin’ on me.

Re: STAINLESS/CARBON

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:56 pm
by ken98k
tongueriver wrote:I recall that Orvet recommended a Birchwood Casey instant blueing product I think called Presto Blue, which would 'take' on non-stainless, not so much on stainless. I have been meaning to look at that and also 'browning' products.

Yup, a small bottle of instant gun blue will last for years,

Re: STAINLESS/CARBON

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:51 pm
by Eustace
Vinegar or lemon juice. After 2-3 minutes the level of corrosion resistance is seen.