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Old March 2nd, 2016, 08:55 PM   #31
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Molasses. If you can disassemble the knife then do it. If you are not in a rush then use molasses. Look it up on the internet. There are lots of instructions out there.
A process called reverse oxidation (Chelating)

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Old March 3rd, 2016, 08:24 AM   #32
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I have been doing a major garage clean out and came across this knife that I have had since I was a boy scout...about 1960. I believe that this was a knife issued to naval aviators. My father and I were navy oriented. Somehow, just sitting around it has gotten a little rusty. I am thinking about cleaning it up... use chemicals? or just wire brush and sandpaper? any ideas?

Nice find looks like the pommel has been changed

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I'm excited to see a final product. Knife and sheath. That leathing might just come back with a lot of time and Lexol.

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Nice find looks like the pommel has been changed
The pommel looks right to me. The 6in Camillus Pilot Knives had a screw on pommel (early) and a peened tang pommel second.
I agree with a couple of the guys that say maybe 0000 steel wool and oil rub, but nothing more aggressive than that.
One of my knife buddys' Father said, "If the ship is sinking, don't start painting it..."

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Old March 15th, 2016, 09:40 AM   #35
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Wait 100 years and call it patina.

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Old March 16th, 2016, 08:44 PM   #36
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Very Interesting FIRST POST !

(To a 3-year old dormant thread!)



Why don't you introduce yourself to all of us so we can properly welcome you aboard here ??



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O.K. Hi! I am a knife enthusiast. Also I am not in spotlight here.
The topic is a good one no matter when it began. Being as careful in my critique as I could is to be as helpful as I could. You appear disturbed?

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Mail it to me and I will fix it up nice. I have all the stuff I will need. Just cover shipping back to you is all I ask. Maybe $10.

Corrosion X on the blade, It will look new and it also bonds with the steel to prevent any more corrosion from happening.

Alcohol on the sheath to remove the mold, then saddle soap to clean it up, then mink oil to make it new.

Then you will have a Camilius pilot's Survival knife that looks a bit used, but very functional and nice.

You can even invent a back story about how a pilot used it in Vietnam and it saved his life when a big snake bit him in a sewer drain he was hiding in.

...oh, wait, that was UNCOMMON VALOR, but it was the same knife. He also uses your knife when he is demonstrating how to make a guard into a rag doll.

All kidding aside, if you get these items you can restore a whole lot other stuff too, or just send it to me and I will do it for you. I need something to keep me off Amazon. I am never without my Corrosion X.

PM me if you would like me to do it.


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Molasses. If you can disassemble the knife then do it. If you are not in a rush then use molasses. Look it up on the internet. There are lots of instructions out there.
A process called reverse oxidation (Chelating)
How about Steen's Sugar Cane Syrup? I think it is only one step up from molasses.

BTW...thanks for the info.

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Old March 17th, 2016, 05:27 AM   #39
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O.K. Hi! I am a knife enthusiast. Also I am not in spotlight here.
The topic is a good one no matter when it began. Being as careful in my critique as I could is to be as helpful as I could. You appear disturbed?
Disturbed? No!

Cranky? Sometimes!



(Note the 'emoticon'!)

I still think my question to you was/is a fair one? How and Why did a 'knife enthusiast' appear on an M14 Forum and post regarding a 'knife'?
If in fact you were just 'googling' away and this thread popped up, that would be interesting, but it happens...
We are in fact something of a 'club' here and members(new and old) are encouraged to post something about themselves and their interest in the M14...
When I looked(initially and then just now again)at your 'profile', you have chose to remain an 'enigma'...
'Colonel666'?
From?
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Interests?

Anyway, not to belabor the point, but I do in fact like to ask questions just to satisfy my curiousities if nothing else!
No 'insult' was intended or should be implied!



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Ok, here's a Question...hopefully from someone who's actually done this...

What would result if a Rusty Knife such as this one were run through an 'Ultrasonic' Cleaner?



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Rub / grind (carefully) all the pitting away. It's what I did for my Navy knives. Fighting knives like new.

You will not miss the pitting/rust. Time to get that stuff gone.

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Ok, here's a Question...hopefully from someone who's actually done this...

What would result if a Rusty Knife such as this one were run through an 'Ultrasonic' Cleaner?



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I think the leather handle would suffer.

I would suggest wrapping the handle in blue painter's tape and then apply FrogLube paste over the metal. Let it sit overnight and use a nylon or other soft brush on the loosened rust. Repeat if necessary. Removed the painters tape within a week. The FrogLube itself won't hurt the leather and can be used on the handle and sheath for cleaning/reconditioning. The blue tape keeps the rust-laden FrogLube paste and Nylon brush from causing damage.

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Old March 17th, 2016, 08:55 AM   #43
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Basically:
http://www.knifecenter.com/item/ON49...Leather-Sheath

I would Go Slow!
Start with just a good oil(Ballistol for example)and 4-0000 Steel Wool...
See what you got after a couple of repeats!>

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Why not a chemical process, such as vinegar?

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Why not a chemical process, such as vinegar?
I don't know.
My thought was that only 'scrubbing' away the rust would work.
I have done this on many antique tools and utensils with good success.

I would really like to be able to see a side-by-side comparison of all these various suggestions on a test sample of rusted steel stock!
THAT would be interesting!

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I have the same style knife I have been thinking running it threw the bead blaster and parkerizing it just a idea looks to me I will have to just submerge to the the leather just a idea

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