OK, Cleaning up an older 14" chef's knife and trying a vinegar bath for the first time. The knife being so large I had a hard time finding the right vessel for the bath--I wound up using a sheet pan and laying the knife diagonally. I used wax to protect the wooden handle but that didn't work so well. I used the bath until the vinegar lost most of the heat and the blade reaction slowed; removed the knife and it was basically black. Proceeded to scrub the blade with some 0000 steel wool. I'm left with a slightly darker blade, but think I'm missing some steps.
I tried to find a thread here that gave full instructions (googled site:kitchenknifeforums.com vinegar bath) and came up with lots of bits and pieces but nothing with a complete step by step.
Where do I go from here?