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    Tape on blades

    I know a lot of you guys tape your blades while working on them for handles or polishing spines etc... Is there any tape that reacts adversely with carbon steel? Specifically, if I use a blue painters tape and leave it on a blade for a week while I work on it, am I going to regret it when I take the tape off?

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    I've never noticed that, and I've had many a carbon blade wrapped up for months months in blue painters tape while I slowly bur surely work on it.

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    wrap it with paper first and then tape the hell out of it. no contact, no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sachem allison View Post
    wrap it with paper first and then tape the hell out of it. no contact, no problem.

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    I have had issues where tan masking tape leaves a slight patina where it contacts the blade. I wrap everything with blue paper towels before i tape it up now.

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    Maybe this is the gateway to a new type of forced patina?!

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    Marko told me the following after I sent him a few knives secured with blue painter's tape:

    "If you use blue masking tape and leave it on for say overnight, the tape sometimes leaves residue that can react with steel - I messed up my Watanabe this way. I find camellia oil very effective to clean the blade right after the masking tape was used. Same after I use alcohol to clean epoxy if it gets on the blade. Camelia removes any discolorations and restores steel to pristine look. In short, good stuff to have on hand."

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    Some people had issues with the Green tape, maybe like frog tape or something?? It messed up some blades when left for a while. I leave blue tape on mine a lot w/o any issues.

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    No problems with blue tape here.
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    I use blue tape too and haven't had any problems but I know as soon as I typed that out I'm in for a surprise.

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