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pkb
08-14-2012, 03:33 PM
How does everyone deals with their carbon steel knives if their shop and/or kitchen are extremely humid? When I'm making a non-stainless blade and I turn my back for a few seconds, I'll turn back around and it'll be orange (slight exaggeration, but still, it feels that way). I've had a couple knives develop a patch of orange dust or a mark here and there that requires a re-finish. That's a pain when the handle's already on.

The least-intrusive method I've found for managing it is Renaissance Wax, but that's not foolproof nor extremely durable.

I've heard of people lacquering the blade (clear, I'm assuming) once it's done and shipping it that way with the instruction to use acetone or lacquer thinner to remove it before use. Does anyone actually do that here?

I'm also curious what that pretty rainbow stuff was on one of Jon@JIK's newer shipment of knives.

I should really just get a de-humidifier for the shop, but I don't want to waste the energy if there's a less heavy-handed solution waiting.

Eamon Burke
08-14-2012, 03:39 PM
You could also cover the blade in a dowel that is soaked in mineral oil and tape it up whilst doing handle work.

Sara@JKI
08-14-2012, 04:44 PM
Some of our blades are shipped from Japan with lacquer coating... and they do look mysteriously rainbow. We wanted to have this particular coating that Japanese people use, but it's highly flammable and so we couldn't bring it back with us or ship it.

pkb
08-14-2012, 04:48 PM
I'm assuming the rainbow lacquer isn't the same stuff one can buy at an auto parts supplier in a spray can. Too bad.

Do you know anything about the particulars of that lacquer coating? It is beautiful.

Keith Neal
08-14-2012, 05:37 PM
This stuff works very well, even in Florida. It isn't cheap, but it is good.

http://www.corrosionx.com/

Benuser
08-14-2012, 06:31 PM
I guess not the humidity is such a problem, but rather temperature changes causing condensation when temperature raises. Could you maintain a 18 degree centigrade temperature at night, and especially during the early morning?

pkb
08-14-2012, 06:41 PM
I've never noticed any condensation on anything in the shop.

But doesn't atmosphere condense when the temperature goes down, like going from afternoon heat to night cool? I was a wildfire fighter for a time and this type of phenomenon was of concern because it effected how flammable the dirt and low growth was, and also effected wind patterns near bodies of water (well, not the condensation part, but the temp change part). Yes, dirt burns when the humidity is 2% for weeks on end...even after a night of making dew out of whatever mosture might be in the air.

Lemme see...warm air holds more water than cool...dew forms when temperature of solid object less than dew point of air...dew forms all night...something about infrared radiation...brain hurts a little.

Benuser
08-14-2012, 07:11 PM
I was wrong: if air temperature falls during night, humidity in air will condensate. Still a reason to get temperature as stable as possible

add
08-14-2012, 07:48 PM
You could also cover the blade in a dowel that is soaked in mineral oil and tape it up whilst doing handle work.

Mineral oil.

Cheap, effective, easy to apply, readily available, and food safe.

SpikeC
08-14-2012, 08:13 PM
Butt a dowel is not going to cover much of the blade!:biggrin:

pkb
08-14-2012, 11:13 PM
Butt a dowel is not going to cover much of the blade!:biggrin:

A big dowel? They must change shape in mineral oil or else that doesn't make any sense. :-)

sachem allison
08-15-2012, 12:26 AM
i think he meant towel

ecchef
08-15-2012, 05:25 AM
Mineral oil.

Cheap, effective, easy to apply, readily available, and food safe.

+1. Even stainless rusts here. :curse:

apicius9
08-15-2012, 06:09 AM
+1. Even stainless rusts here. :curse:

Sounds familiar... But I just moved to a less humid corner of the island, maybe that will help - although it is too late for some blades I found when I packed for the move :( I just try to keep them oiled, but with a few I forgot or didn't take the problem aerious enough - resulting in some ugly red O1 and 1095 blades...

Stefan

Lawrence
08-16-2012, 05:56 PM
Linseed oil in the shop, mineral oil in the kitchen..