Patina on a blade

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  1. Skookum_Jim

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    I have seen numerous pictures of knives with groovy looking patinas. How does one put that on a blade?
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Through use and time. But if your impatient :D you can force a patina using a variety of ways and common household items. Apple cider, mustard, vinegar, potatoes, cold blue solutions, etc...
     
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    I prefer to use "Cold Blue" solution and bleach, then rub it down with fine sandpaper and steel wool. How smoothly you apply the cold bluing solution with determine how the base of the patina is. You can then soften or highlight areas by evening it out with the steel wool. It's also incredibly easy to re-do if you don't like it.

    You can also use mustard, horseradish sauce and other acidic condiments.
     
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    Sriracha works too. Almost leaves a lumpy look to the patina.
     
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    I used a grapefruit and it looks the best IMO. I tried mustard, white vinegar but the gf leaves a great looking pattern and it's really easy, just stick the knife in the grapefruit (s) and leave it there for about 5-10 min.
    Hope this helps.

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    One nice thing about forcing a patina, if you do not like it, a little Flitz metal polish, a rag, and some elbow grease will usually get you back to shiny and ready to try again!

    Give it a try and post up pics of the results!
     
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    Just using it for your kitchen knife will produce all sorts of patinas on a regular basis. Using a green scotch brite kitchen sponge will take most of it off also. If you dont scub it too much, some patina will remain.
     
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    Slice up 18 quarts of tomatoes for salsa and you'll get one on!
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    I've used a lemon but I really like the looks of that BK-2 stuck in a grapefruit! :cool:
     
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    Thanks guys, I'll post before and after. :)
     
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    I just wrap mine with a paper towel, lay on a plate or cutting board, and soak with vinegar. I've never left it more than a couple hours, though.
     
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    Thanks TJIN that vinegar bluing looks really good!
     
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    What kind of oil do you use afterwards? I think I might try this idea on an older woodsmans pal I found at a yard sale. It was it pretty rough shape and Im in the process of sanding it down.
     
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    I've used mustard on some carbon J-knives with good results, patting it on with some bubble wrap for a nice pattern.

    Hot white vinegar worked better for me if I wanted a more even patina. It does stink up the kitchen, tho'........
     
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    your mileage may vary. the pretty blue only shows up when the light hits just right.
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    Like some of the others I just used gun bluing. Works fast and clean.
     
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    Stick it through the center of an onion and leave overnight, makes some cool spirals.
     
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    Gotta go with plain jane mustard applied with a tooth pick really thin. I like to try and get some tiger stripes happening.

    This was two four hour applications.

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    The knife is a 4 1/2" Solingen carbon blade and got this patina after peeling and cutting up peaches & apricots for canning/cobblers.

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    My photography skills kinda suck, sorry.
     
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    I'm more curious how people keep their blades clean and avoid patinas and rust after they occur.
     

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