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    I find a good tooth paste works well, make sure it's a paste and not gel. a smokers toothpaste has a little extra grit. put a little bit on a towels and rub away.
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    +1 I thought I was the only one using toothpaste works great

    Quote Originally Posted by sachem allison View Post
    I find a good tooth paste works well, make sure it's a paste and not gel. a smokers toothpaste has a little extra grit. put a little bit on a towels and rub away.

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    But doesn't using toothpaste on a knife give it a tendency to bite your hand?

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    I actually use plane whit vinager if I get small rust spots. As far as patina goes I haven't removed one, patina on my Yoshihiro is getting pretty deep and not so pleasing. Never though of tooth paste. I was thinking i would need a finger stone to repolish things. Thanks for this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger View Post
    But doesn't using toothpaste on a knife give it a tendency to bite your hand?
    i like steel with a good bite.
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    This is a great thread. Thanks for taking it the extra mile Rick.
    I'm on the BKF/Flitz tip. I find the Scotch-Brite too abrasive, no matter the grit. It even leaves tiny scratches on my stainless Henckels. Also, a little Chromium Oxide on the buffing wheel(gotta be careful though) will shine it up like a champ!
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    Pensacola Tiger (or anyone else with scratches) - now that you have those ScotchBrite scratches on your blade, what is your method of removing them - ie. polishing off the scratches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by knyfeknerd View Post
    I find the Scotch-Brite too abrasive, no matter the grit. It even leaves tiny scratches on my stainless Henckels.
    Yep. I use the green ScotchBrite side of regular kitchen sponges on my extremely-reactive Sab paring knife, which is well pitted and scratched anyway. After hulling just a couple of pints of strawberries it will take on a deep -- almost black -- patch across the middle, which is less than pleasing to the eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutty Sharp View Post
    Pensacola Tiger (or anyone else with scratches) - now that you have those ScotchBrite scratches on your blade, what is your method of removing them - ie. polishing off the scratches?
    I don't know about anyone else, but hand-rubbing with wet/dry 3M paper backed with something with 'give' is the way I go. Don't use a hard block, because it won't conform to the surface and you'll just polish the high spots. For scratches like those I put on the Harner, I'll start with 400, then move to 800 and finish some MetalGlo.

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    I had some time this morning, so I tried toothpaste on the stripe of patina between the area cleaned at the top with Metal-Glo and the area cleaned with BKF and a cork. Toothpaste may work on light patina, but it didn't do a great job this time. YMMV.


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