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Maintaining Carbon steel.

Discussion in 'Weapons and Tactics' started by SamuraiRat, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. SamuraiRat

    SamuraiRat Orange Belt

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    There are countless survival knives that come in carbon steel, however i read how carbon steel rusts pretty bad.

    Any advice for maintaining a carbon steel blade?

    Also how's D2 steel? Since it's still kind of a stainless steel, is it as likely to shatter like stainless steel?
     
  2. Chesten_Hesten

    Chesten_Hesten The Wiener of Steel

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    Are these expensive knives? Like over $100.00 Cause there's a lot of cheap knives, that you could buy and just not worry about one way or the other?
     
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    For my 1095 blade, I periodically spray and wipe it down with some WD40 and call it a day. I've also heard that small amounts of baby oil works too, but I've never tried it. I've only had one instance of surface rust near the edge, but after a few passes on the whetstone, it disappeared.
     
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    You need to use a metal polish. It leaves a thin coating on the steel after you use it. Use a cotton cloth, rub it in, rinse with water and let it dry.

    What do you mean by shattering? Carbon steel is much harder than stainless steel, so if you're worried about chipping the blade, carbon steel is more susceptible to it than stainless.
     

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