Originally Posted by Dan308
A Nicholson file made in the USA is 1095. It is no different than virgin 1095 steel except it's already made into a tool. Ground and heat treated properly they will hold a great edge. I've had my blades tested and the cutting edge is 59-60 HRC which I think is just right. In fact I think My sharpened 1095 feels sharper than 440c. L-6 sawblade and 1095, 1060 will rust because it is high carbon and has very little chromium.
Couldn't of said it better myself. I have a ton of new files I just haven't been using them recently. I have one I've been forging on It may be next on my list to finish.
What do you recommend to help prevent rust on your blades. I use flitz metal wax before I ship a blade out. But for regular care I just recommend a light gun oil. Does that sound about right to you?