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sputnik1988 09-16-2012 09:57 PM

How to 'age' my repro M1 bayonet?
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Bought a reproduction (black) M1 bayonet awhile back for cheap, but the difference in the finish is beginning to bug me... So, how can I make it match a bit better? I realize that it wont be perfect, just want a similar look. I know naval jelly will turn an AR gray, maybe there is something that could be applied to this also?


JonM 09-17-2012 03:52 AM

Jam it in some sand a bunch of times maybe. it will take the shine off. Oil it up and give it some rubs with a cloth over the course of a few weeks every night it should dull the finish up without losing any edge.

Another thing is pack a burlap bag with straw and clothes and practice bayonet drills.

The finish you see on most bayonets is one of routine maintenance and use in training

sputnik1988 09-17-2012 05:28 AM

Thanks Jon, I'll update at some point.

bearrwe 09-17-2012 05:34 AM

Ive had some luck with wet coffee grounds. Cover with grounds and wrap check a couple times a day. When you get the desired age wash off grounds and oil to stop process.

sputnik1988 09-17-2012 05:38 AM

It's stainless steel, does that matter?

danf_fl 09-17-2012 10:58 AM

When I want to have something intentionally aged before its time,

I let the wife use it in the kitchen. Use it to carve a couple turkeys, slice roasts, cut up onions, etc...

Heck, I had to buy her another filet knife cuz she wore mine out.

bearrwe 09-17-2012 06:20 PM


Originally Posted by sputnik1988 (Post 944088)
It's stainless steel, does that matter?

Finish will keep being affected until you stop it so if at some point you see it looks like you want you need to stop the process or all the finish could eventually be removed leaving a look you don't like.:eek:

bige91603 09-17-2012 06:29 PM

I second the hot wet coffee grounds, it works well

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