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    Default Want to learn how to patina my BK2...help!

    I like the looks of a black knife, but I've seen some sweet pics of everyone putting a patina of their own on their bush knife....what's the general opinion on best patina to use? Vinegar? Mustard? Or would you leave it the way it is? I don't have a clue what I'm doing, hate to ruin a good knife. Post your pics! Thanks!

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    Pretty much everything you listed works but it boils down to personal choice. I put a grapefruit patina on my bk2 and I really liked it, the great thing is that you just cover the knife with slices of it and it comes out with a cool design.


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    Did you do it under the scales as well? I'm wondering if its even worth stripping beyond the blade. Looks cool with thst grapefruit patina, haven't heard of that. How long to you leave it?

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    The patina is not just for looks, it also helps to protect the blade from rusting so mine bk2 is fully naked lol. I left it there for around 30 to 45 min but some recommend an hour I believe. Do get more than one grapefruit to cover the whole thing.
    Best of luck.

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    I have no clue about a BK2, but I just put a patina on my little Opinel. Cleaned it, and just stuck it in an onion for about an hour. Came out with a really cool pattern from the onion rings. I imagine you could do something similar, just stack a few halved onions together and skewer 'em.

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    just plunge it into a citrus fruit or a potato or "paint" it with mustard then use a vinegar soaked paper towel to seal it in

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    I used apple cider vinegar for the final patina and a combo of Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar painted on with a qtip for the strips



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    Just finished putting a patina on one of my machete's. Put a light coat of mustard on both sides and wrap in saran wrap for about 2 hours. Make sure the saran wrap is tight against the blade. Leaves a neat pattern.

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    K...here I go!

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    Stripped the paint...

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    Mustard applied with q-tip...let stand 30-45 minutes per side...

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    After wiping off the mustard

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    Waiting for the vinegar bath...I have no idea how long to wait at this stage. I removed the paper from the tray and added more pickle juice and apple cider vinegar to cover the whole knife....I'm thinking I'll let it sit all night.
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    looks nice.

    Another nice thing is you can always grab some scotch brite and polish it white again then try again if it doesn't suit you perfectly.

    To be truthful, I like the way yours is shaping up and bet when you pull it out of the vinegar it will patina real nice.

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