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iconnumber posted 02-28-2009 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello All,

I recently purchased an individual knife sharpener in Chantilly and have a question: Should I polish the steel sharpening blades or leave them alone?


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iconnumber posted 02-28-2009 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would leave them alone.

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iconnumber posted 03-01-2009 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree. I have had pieces of old carbon steel polished in the past, and have not been happy with the results. You might try some naval jelly on rust spots, or try some very fine steel wool to even out the shine. Just don't have them buffed.


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iconnumber posted 03-01-2009 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clive E Taylor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As there is no active rust I would heartily agree with Paul and Brent, especially Brent's comment on not buffing or hard cleaning.

On buckle chapes, almost always slightly rusted I hand and soft paper/rag clean with olive oil to remove any loose rust, then leave a coat of olive oil to dry on the surface.

I use what is usually sold as "extra virgin olive oil" . I can understand that Virgin Olive Oil is presumably unused, but how it can be extra virgin is beyond me.

In a prior life I used to use oil of cloves on Japanese sword blades to preserve them, but it did need to be removed for examination as it concealed much detail. Also tended to smell!

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iconnumber posted 03-01-2009 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You probably already have this Brent, but here's a link to the possible manufacturer of the business end of this knife sharpener:
[gone from the internet -]Curley, Terence F., manufacturer of Curley Ideal, Special and Peerless Safety Razors and other Cutlery Specialties, 306 Broadway; residence: 81 Eighth Ave., Brooklyn. Also importer of fine cutlery. Member of firm of J. Curley & Brother; member of Arkwright and Catholic Clubs, New York; Montauk Club, Brooklyn.

Terrance was born in Ireland in about 1845 and immigrated to the United States in about 1850. His brother James was also in the business. James was a few years older, but appears not to have stayed with the business into the twentieth century.

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