I'm one of those Damn Yankees who came to the South and won't go away. One of the worst parts of this for me is the humidity trying to kill my blades. I keep them clean and dry and will wipe them down with a Tuf-Cloth and they will still rust on me, sometimes carrying them for just a day in my pocket with no usage! They will rust in a dry safe down here!
I have had Benchmades, Cold Steel, Buck, Gerber, most CRKTs, as well as others rust on me where it has at least taken a rust eraser and a bit of oil to clean them up but the finish was stained or marred. Never a problem with any Spydercos or Kershaws.
Benchmade, Cold Steel, and CRKT all replaced the products at no cost to me, BTW.
Bead blast finishes are the worst. Lots of different blade steels. Any care suggestions or product recommendations?