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Old 11-24-2013, 01:22 AM   #1
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Howdy folks,
It's great to be back.
I was a supporting member, advertised my handmade knives, sold to various members and got wonderful reviews. I still make custom, handmade knives using excellent steel and the best flintknapped obsidian blades with elk and deer antler handles.
One thing — my skills, techniques and materials are quite a bit better. I need your help, however, on a valuable knife. My National Living Treasures Series knife made by Jim Fisk, the OVB (Our Very Best) Fisk Southwest Bowie from Camillus, has oxidized fingerprints on its blade. The 11-inch blade is fabricated from 0170-6C Carbon Steel.
I've searched how to safely restore the blade, but not found the best answer. Lime juice, cut an onion, CLR, metal polish — what works? I tried good gun oil and buffing, and tested oil and .0000 steel wool, which will damage the finish. The knife is one of only 750 pieces, and worth a pretty penny, without the dark finger prints.
What should I do? It was displayed on a wall in my office, and apparently people examined it without my knowledge. Incidentally, the fabulous leather sheath, black zipper case and original fancy, black box are in mint condition. I'd like to sell it (been off work on medical leave without pay.) Its Desert Ironwood handle is beautiful.
Whoever provides the best answer most promptly is certainly welcome to a significant discount on one of my handmade knives with choice of blade and antler handle. Thank you so very much for your help in advance. I look forward to hearing from you
Randy Porter
Cell: 402-304-1422
P.S. There's one listed on eBay for $375.

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Old 11-24-2013, 01:32 AM   #2
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Howdy folks,
It's great to be back.
I was a supporting member, advertised my handmade knives, sold to various members and got wonderful reviews. I still make custom, handmade knives using excellent steel and the best flintknapped obsidian blades with elk and deer antler handles.
One thing — my skills, techniques and materials are quite a bit better. I need your help, however, on a valuable knife. My National Living Treasures Series knife made by Jim Fisk, the OVB (Our Very Best) Fisk Southwest Bowie from Camillus, has oxidized fingerprints on its blade. The 11-inch blade is fabricated from 0170-6C Carbon Steel.
I've searched how to safely restore the blade, but not found the best answer. Lime juice, cut an onion, CLR, metal polish — what works? I tried good gun oil and buffing, and tested oil and .0000 steel wool, which will damage the finish. The knife is one of only 750 pieces, and worth a pretty penny, without the dark finger prints.
What should I do? It was displayed on a wall in my office, and apparently people examined it without my knowledge. Incidentally, the fabulous leather sheath, black zipper case and original fancy, black box are in mint condition. I'd like to sell it (been off work on medical leave without pay.) Its Desert Ironwood handle is beautiful.
Whoever provides the best answer most promptly is certainly welcome to a significant discount on one of my handmade knives with choice of blade and antler handle. Thank you so very much for your help in advance. I look forward to hearing from you
Randy Porter
Cell: 402-304-1422
P.S. There's one listed on eBay for $375.
Just a thought, have you tried applying a very very non abrasive (pink) rouge on a buffer? The trick is to not let the friction get the blade hot.
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I always had good luck with nevr-dull wadding polish.

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Hi,
Thanks, Fernando,
That's the first thing I tried. I always use it to clean finger prints and smudges from blades on the knives I'm finishing.
I then apply Renaissance Wax Polish. It showed black on the wadding as if I rubbed it on brass, but never touched the finger prints. I'll use it again after the black finger prints are removed and I put a finer polish on the blade.
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Have you tried contacting Camillus directly? I would imagine this would not be the first time something like this has happened. I would contact them and see if they can repair it. You might even get them to do it under warranty as the finish "failed".

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Hi kimberFan,
Great idea.
I'll see if I can get the right amount, and the right kind, of rouge. Might let my jeweler do it — not sure.
Gonna wait for a couple of more ideas, first, if that's OK.
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Thanks, Vikingdad,
Why didn't I think of that?
I'll Google for contact information. I'll let you know what they say.
Under warranty is a great "price," but I'd hate to pay big time.
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Try this on a similar steel first, spit and ordinary wood ashes. I have a can of that cotton polishing stuff, it's to gritty. Some tooth paste might work. But try these out on something else first......Good luck...........

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Cool willshoum,
I've got the spit.
Have to search out some fresh wood ashes. Never thought of toothpaste.
That'd be easy, and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't further damage the blade. I'll let you know how it works. Not sure I have another steel blank of this grade, but I can try it on a little spot where it would be almost impossible to find.
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Cool willshoum,
I've got the spit.
Have to search out some fresh wood ashes. Never thought of toothpaste.
That'd be easy, and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't further damage the blade. I'll let you know how it works. Not sure I have another steel blank of this grade, but I can try it on a little spot where it would be almost impossible to find.
Take care,
Randy
Remember that wood ashes are alkaline and can cause other problems. I would be careful of using wood ash. If you think about it a steel or iron wood stove left with wood ash in it out in the rain will rust away quickly, whereas if you clean the ash out it won't rust nearly as fast. Depending on the wood burned it can be almost like a lye solution (which I think will tend to blacken steel).
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