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    Anodizing a blade? Anyone try it?

    Has anyone tried anodizing a chef knife? What steel was used? What formulation and procedure? Source of materials? Results? Pictures?

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    Senior Member Jmadams13's Avatar
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    I thought anodizing wa only used on aluminum. I surely hope you done have an aluminum knife (not even sure they exist)
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    anodizing is for metals that produce a durable self-limiting oxidized layer, like aluminum or titanium. steel is not one of those metals.

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    The nearest thing I can think of is Parkerizing. I have a couple old military blades that have a Parkerized finish. I'm not sure what the advantage or benefit would be, though. I'm definitely not keen on the idea of using a phosphate finish on a kitchen blade.

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    You might be able to electroplate it with a different metal, you can get home kits for gold etc plating. Not sure it's hold up as only a few microns thick though

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    True. But I revisit my initial question: To what end? What's the benefit?

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    I understand the reasons why someone might want an anodized surface on a great many things, it's just that kitchen knives aren't one of those things that I'd ever think of as needing that kind of treatment. LOL I guess I'm curious about the OP's interest.

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    For rust resistance and reduction in odor and taste transfer carbon steel can take "blueing" very well. The patina we all enjoy is chemically the reaction to the various salts in the items we cut. Blueing is a souped up version of that.

    I blued a cheap cleaver that I infrequently use to keep it from rusting.


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    Interesting. Mind sharing the process?
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