View Full Version : Removing rust on KU finish

04-09-2013, 12:01 PM
Looking for some fresh pointers on removing light to medium rust off a KU finish. Doesn't seem to be the deep type, will be removing the handle as well.

The knife is a Carter

Thank you

04-09-2013, 12:06 PM
Have you tried Flitz?

04-09-2013, 12:19 PM
Nothing very abrasive. It will remove the KU. I used flitz on a moritaka, it did take the rust away, but also "soften" the KU. Whatever you do use, do the whole portion finished, so it looks even

04-09-2013, 09:56 PM
Thank you. Has anyone experienced this on Carter knives?

04-09-2013, 11:03 PM
Try steel wool. The metal kind. I don't think the steel in it is hard enough to abrade the KU, if you work it lightly, but it should take the rust off no problem.

04-10-2013, 12:48 AM
I had a very slight rust in the 'carter' stamp. i used scotch brite lightly to remove it. It didn't harm the KU at all. I'd imagine steel wool would work as well


04-10-2013, 04:45 PM
I use balled up aluminum foil and water on bike parts. Worth a shot. Not super abrasive.

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04-10-2013, 04:58 PM
Brasso isnt abrasive. Its very good at removing tarnish/patina

04-10-2013, 04:59 PM
I use balled up aluminum foil and water on bike parts. Worth a shot. Not super abrasive.

Good to know. Thanks for the tip!

04-11-2013, 03:49 PM
You could try rubbing it with a wine cork and baking soda. Let us know what you end up using and how it works out.

04-14-2013, 01:27 PM
I have to say, there is no forum like this elsewhere! Thank you all for the great advise.

I used an old toothbrush and some BKF paste, worked like a charm; on the surface, I couldn't tell if any KU finish was affected

Furthermore, handle came off and, well, rust had done some real damage to the tang the point that I may need to do some basic welding to reinforce the tang.... So, it's become a project now, likely needing more of your advise.

Thanks again !