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Clean up question?

Postby OSCAR » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:34 pm

I have a knife that is in excellent condition but developed 2 tiny black spots (pinhead size). Flitz didn’t remove them. I thought of trying a Dremel tool with a cotton buffing bit and a bit of jewelers rouge. Is that advisable, or would it be better to leave it alone? Or does anyone know a way to remove them without lessening the value by causing damage? Thanks. Oscar
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Re: Clean up question?

Postby Doc B » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:48 pm

Personally, I'd just try a pencil. If that doesn't remove it, I doubt jewelers rouge would remove it. I'd vote leave it, if pencil doesn't remove it...and keep it oiled or Renaissance wax.
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Re: Clean up question?

Postby jerryd6818 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:54 pm

You don't make any mention of where on the knife these two spots are (and didn't post a picture of said spots).That would have some bearing on the cleanup method.
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Re: Clean up question?

Postby orvet » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:58 pm

I agree with Jerry, location would definitely affect the method that I use.
It's likely you may have a couple of pits that are deep enough in the steel that you cannot get them out without buffing a dimple into the surface where the dimples reside.

If it is on the blade or spring, I would follow docs advice and use a pencil on them. After that I would coat them with Eezox and repeat the Eezox treatment annually. Eezox will prevent rust and it will prevent it from spreading. Renaissance wax makes no such claim to my knowledge.
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Re: Clean up question?

Postby OSCAR » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:32 pm

Sorry guys. Here’s a picture. The spot is not indented when I run a finger across it.
It seems very superficial. I’m guessing blade is carbon steel, spot is on blade. Not a big deal but if I can remove it, I’m a perfectionist. Thanks

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Re: Clean up question?

Postby jerryd6818 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:18 pm

Not that I've seen everything but I've never seen anything like this. Start with the lead pencil and see where that takes you. My gut tells me nowhere but it's a fairly benign starting place.
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Re: Clean up question?

Postby KleenCut61 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:31 pm

Looks like a small cluster of tiny pin holes , To make one larger spot , I would hit it with a leather strop wheel and some rough , To get the color back , Leaving the pin holes A-lone ,

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Re: Clean up question?

Postby rea1eye » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:50 am

I have something similar on a Case Doctor's Knife (1974). I have tried a lot of things
already mentioned here to no avail. Good luck with yours.

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Re: Clean up question?

Postby Kase's Kutlery Plus » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:47 pm

Personal opinion would be to try the buffing wheel.

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Re: Clean up question?

Postby WillyCamaro » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:30 pm

I would try different grades of steel wool. I use a basic dollar store stuff in my knife cleaning and seems to work good for a $ or 2.
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Re: Clean up question?

Postby knives-are-quiet » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:44 pm

What brand knife is it?
It would help to determine the steel.


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