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    Sword Cleaning advice

    I just picked up an M89 cavalry sword to the 2nd Garde Ulans. The bottom 6-8 inches of the blade is a dark grey color.
    I have tried just soap & water, and a light scrub buddy, which have only removed a very small amount. I would like to, if possible, have the lower part of the blade match the upper, engraved portion, which is decent clean, but not shiny condition.
    Should I try something like 'Goo Gone", or another grease & dirt remover, or are there other options?
    Any advice much appreciated.

    Bob Shoaf

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    It's going to depend upon what is causing the discoloration. Some "No harm" products you can try are Acetone, Lacquer thinner, Turpentine. If these don't work it may take something like Flitz or Simichrome. Both of these products are metal polishes and are abrasive so you need to go lightly and slow.
    Jim

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      #3
      Autosol is another product that will help. It is a metal polish paste with micro abrasive in it. A small tube will clean a lot of blades if they are just grey. If you use it try a small area first to get the feel of how well it works in your case. It has the ability to bring it up to mirror finish if you have lots of time to handwork. I have used it to touch up some german daggers and the result was excellent.

      Steve

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        #4
        Blade cleaning.

        Mothers Mags polish works.
        If you ever clean an etched blade, use sudsy ammonia on the etch ONLY, rinse,then polish the rest of the blade.

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          #5
          Originally posted by no1canuck View Post
          Autosol is another product that will help. It is a metal polish paste with micro abrasive in it. A small tube will clean a lot of blades if they are just grey. If you use it try a small area first to get the feel of how well it works in your case. It has the ability to bring it up to mirror finish if you have lots of time to handwork. I have used it to touch up some german daggers and the result was excellent.

          Steve
          I agree with this.
          Autosol is the best product for cleaning that I have found so far.
          You will never be able to get rid of the greying completely without re-dressing the blade.
          As a miniature knife maker, (that means that everything I make is examined minutely), I have tried a number of products and methods. You should only use a soft cloth and small amounts of Autosol. Rub in the direction of the blade and it WILL take some effort.
          You may end up with some of the greying still in place and a shinier surface. If you are not satisfied with this, you can use some well used 600 grit sand paper and a flat hardwood stick to achieve what is called a "satin" finish which will remove the shine.
          Ralph.
          Here are two of my pieces, one with a gloss finish, and one with a "satin" finish.
          Attached Files
          Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stm./Pz.Erz.Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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            #6
            Your miniature knives are gems!
            Erich
            Festina lente!

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              #7
              Many thanks for the advice.

              Bob Shoaf

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                #8
                Originally posted by Erich B. View Post
                Your miniature knives are gems!
                Erich
                Thank you Erich!
                A couple more here.
                http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=909980
                Ralph.
                Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stm./Pz.Erz.Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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                  #9
                  They are just incredible.
                  Are the knives at a specific scale or do you vary the scale (e.g, 1/6, 1/12)?
                  Erich
                  Festina lente!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Erich B. View Post
                    They are just incredible.
                    Are the knives at a specific scale or do you vary the scale (e.g, 1/6, 1/12)?
                    Erich
                    Thank you Erich!
                    The scale varies, it depends on the appearance and the purpose.
                    Here are a few more.
                    Ralph.
                    Attached Files
                    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stm./Pz.Erz.Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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                      #11
                      Just amazing!
                      Erich
                      Festina lente!

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                        #12
                        Wow,,thats some fine work your doing!! Congrats!

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