Knife care?

Solscud007

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So im starting to notice some spots that might be rust on my Strider SF fixed blade. What should I do to treat it so it doesnt rust? I tried using silicon grease/oil but I dont think that is working.
 

RA40

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Flitz works for me...it is non abrasive cleaner and leaves a coating. On blasted blades, it may streak though. Apply evenly.
 

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There are several other threads on this topic so definitely do a search for more info, but as a preventative for rust nothing beats using a Tuf-Cloth. If the cloth gets dry a very few drops of Tuf-Glide and you're good to go.

An additional suggestion -- every single day clean out the dust, lint, and pocket crud so the lock and pivots on the knife work. It'll save you a lot of money on band-aids. Basic knife maintenance is very important to not only save your fingers but to prolong the life of your knife so research this forum for more info with a quick search.
 

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Tuf-Cloth is an item to use on just about everything metal -- tools, guns, knives, etc. A few seconds to wipe down the item and then let it dry and you're done. Just be sure to keep the Tuf-Cloth in the pouch it comes in when you store it. Tuf-Glide can be used as a lube but it only takes a very few drops to replenish the Tuf-Cloth if it should become dry.

And yes, I knew the Strider was a fixed blade. I just think everybody that has a folder (and most of us do) should be aware that a few quick steps can save a cut finger or two so when I usually post info for knives it's in general and not just about straight knives or folders. I've been carrying knives every day for more than 40 years and just like to make for less (s)wear and tear on the FAK.

Enjoy your knife and take good care of it.
 

Taboot

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For what its worth, I have a Buck 120x that spent too much time in my boat in the salt water and cutting up calamari. Even though its stainless, it started rusting and staining pretty good. I cleaned it up then hit it with a wire wheel then a buffing wheel with some compound. It cleaned up perfectly and the finish looks like new.
 

rph

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I don't use tuff-cloth on fixed blades. I actually don't use it at all, as I haven't had the best of luck with it. That may be because I live in Houston and it's always either damp or scorching hot.

I've got two products that have worked best for me.

For fixed blades, it's Sheath, by Birchwood Casey. As I understand, it's silicone-based. Depending on usage (I have too many, most are now safequeeens), I coat the blade and any exposed portions with the spray, at least once a year. Then I blow out the sheath with canned air (get rid of the dust - both dirt and kydex) and treat the sheath with it, as well. On fixed blades, I see less rust and less "kydex scratches". I really like this product and get great results with it, especially on bead-blasted finishes.

For folders, I use militec. You have to re-apply every few weeks, depending on your use and the temp, but it works well for me. It works even better on my guns, though.

Just my experience, but if it helps, use it.
 

RA40

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Certainly lots of products to choose. I also have good luck with silicone cloths if the item is clean already. The coating is a bit messy for dry handing but if you don't handle it often, it will be fine.

Getting back to my earlier response, I also use Flitz on the work surfaces of the drill press, bandsaw tables and similar... While So. Cal isn't the humid fest of other areas, it has kept me happy. Plenty of products that do similar.
 
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