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Lefty
11-28-2011, 10:06 PM
I was reading up on some straight razor info and I came across an interesting method of keeping pitting at bay that I think would work great for carbon lovers like myself and many others. If you store your knife in the box, why not toss a couple silica gel packets down by the handle? I know the stuff is "poison", but if it's down by the handle, it should absorb moisture while it's pretty far away from the blade.
Has anyone tried this? If so, did it work/warp/not warp your handle?

Dave Martell
11-28-2011, 10:30 PM
I was reading up on some straight razor info and I came across an interesting method of keeping pitting at bay that I think would work great for carbon lovers like myself and many others. If you store your knife in the box, why not toss a couple silica gel packets down by the handle? I know the stuff is "poison", but if it's down by the handle, it should absorb moisture while it's pretty far away from the blade.
Has anyone tried this? If so, did it work/warp/not warp your handle?


About 10 years ago there was a story on Bladeforums of a guy that went in the service and packed away his knife collection with these packets and upon his return found the collection literally destroyed with rust galore. I remember some "expert" commenting that the packets needed to be made sure that they were dry before using them because they would introduce moisture into the container themselves. Is this true or BS? I can't say, just tellin' a story here.

Dave Martell
11-28-2011, 10:35 PM
If someone wants a surefire method of keeping rust at bay for long term storage on carbon knives I can give you my 100% recommendation for the combination of Flitz followed by Renaissance Wax. I've had a collection of vintage and modern carbon knives in storage units, basements, garages, and attics for over 15 years and not a speck of rust on any of them. Tried and proven

half_hack
11-29-2011, 03:00 PM
you could also go with vci/anti-rust paper. there was a group buy on these in another era.
http://www.uline.com/BL_5250/VCI-Anti-Rust-Paper

rulesnut
11-29-2011, 03:39 PM
Thread on Long Term Storage (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php?3806-Long-term-storage-for-carbon-knives&p=59259&viewfull=1#post59259)

Don't use gel packets for any kind of long term carbon storage. They are for very short term use. Once they become saturated they start giving off moisture.

For short term storage, you can spray them with Boeshield T-9.
For long term storage, VCI (paper, foam, emitters) is the only way to go.

Somewhere I have a link to test results using oils and greases. The rusting would scare you.

Dave Martell
11-29-2011, 03:42 PM
Whatever you do don't do what Stefan does.

chazmtb
11-29-2011, 04:00 PM
Dave,

That's too wrong.

Lefty
11-29-2011, 04:15 PM
Shoot! I was going to send them to Hawaii to be held onto. Time for plan b....

Eamon Burke
11-29-2011, 04:50 PM
lol

EdipisReks
11-29-2011, 06:30 PM
About 10 years ago there was a story on Bladeforums of a guy that went in the service and packed away his knife collection with these packets and upon his return found the collection literally destroyed with rust galore. I remember some "expert" commenting that the packets needed to be made sure that they were dry before using them because they would introduce moisture into the container themselves. Is this true or BS? I can't say, just tellin' a story here.

i use the same kind of silica gel in my cigar humidor. if they are damp they will absolutely humidify the air in the enclosure, thus causing the rust problems mentioned.

GlassEye
11-29-2011, 11:18 PM
i use the same kind of silica gel in my cigar humidor. if they are damp they will absolutely humidify the air in the enclosure, thus causing the rust problems mentioned.

I was going to say the same thing, you beat me to it. Are you a Puff forum member?

Pensacola Tiger
12-01-2011, 11:37 AM
i use the same kind of silica gel in my cigar humidor. if they are damp they will absolutely humidify the air in the enclosure, thus causing the rust problems mentioned.

Put the damp silica gel packets in a slow oven (250 F) for four to five hours to dry them out for reuse.

EdipisReks
12-01-2011, 04:30 PM
I was going to say the same thing, you beat me to it. Are you a Puff forum member?

i read Puff sometimes, but i'm not a member.