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  1. MTXCraze

    MTXCraze I flip therefore I am JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

    I just purchased an uncoated ESEE 3 and have plans to do a black patina using hot apple cider vinegar.

    My question Is, Should I Polish the blade or just leave as is before I patina. I've heard that polishing the steel before patina helps prevent rust a bit better in the long run.

    So is it worth my time to polish the blade or just do the Patina on the knife as is.

    This is not my first carbon knife so taking care of the blade is not an issue, i just think the black patina looks bad ass.

    Any tips, tricks? this will be my first attempt at a Patina

  2. VashHash

    VashHash JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

    Little late to the party. Polishing would help with rust by making the blade smoother. Less places for particles to get trapped. Bead blast blades are rust magnets. Mirror polished blades will rust but usually with minimal cleaning this can be prevented. So polishing before patina is a good idea. You'll have a base oxide layer and you'll have a smooth surface that shouldn't hold much. The patina will work the same either way I've done patinas on mirror polished case knives and roughly finished machetes. Just make sure the blade is clean before the patina. Oil will stop a patina. Patinas are also easy to remove if you don't like the results steel wool or metal polish will do. It's a lot of fun to make designs on the blade too.

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