Friend just told me about this the other day. He is trying it now:
Originally Posted by Hank McMauser
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For smaller stuff, you can also scrub it with aluminum foil and water, or foil and vinegar. I think aluminum works in a similar way to the electrolysis method, but without the need for actually using electricity.
Electrolysis has been the easiest and most thorough method I have found.
I dumped the 5 liters of white vinegar in a plastic bucket then put in a fireman's axe head and an old rusted pie iron.
After 5 days the results are pretty amazing.
Take them out, rinse with water then apply WD40 or some kind of oil to prevent rust?
if you're going to cook with the pie iron, don't use WD-40 on it -- season it just like a cast iron skillet.
wipe it with a generous coating of vegetable oil and bake it at 300-350 for an hour.
on the axe head, you can wipe it down with used motor oil - or give it a coat of car wax.
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Anywhere up to about 4-5 days, if you want to conserve your vinegar put the item in a ziploc but DO NOT seal it up all the way.
It'll offgas and it'll need to vent. POnce it's done soaking hit it with a bit of soap and water.
Wipe dry then apply oil to the moving parts (like wire cutter hinges) and lightly coat with your favorite lightweight oil to prevent rusting.
If it isnt too late, use these instructions to re-season cast iron cookware.
I use mine, rinse off and put on a thin film of coconut oil.
No soap, no scratch pads.
Last edited by Shnick; 02-05-2013 at 12:37 AM.