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Old 01-17-2010, 04:54 PM
jerryjeff jerryjeff is offline
 
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Default OT how to clean up a meat cleaver

I got my sandblaster up and going and am going to clean up a rusty old meatcleaver. Once its down to bare metal what do I do next. Paint? Parkerize? I know I can't spray WD-40 on it. Vegetable oil? Or just put Veg oil all over the bare metal and leave it at that.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:25 PM
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I'd rub it down with lard.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:22 AM
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I used to see my deceased father-in-law who was a butcher coat his butcher's knife and cleaver with vegetable oil or shortening. He hated canola oil because it tasted nasty to him. Of course, he was actually using the cutlery and did not have them on display.
Lard would be appropriate for the cleaver's era.
I quess that you could paint or parkerize if you wanted it just for display, but what a sacrilege. If I acquired it next, I would be removing the paint or parkerization and coating with some kind of cooking oil! LOL.
Do not forget to replenish the wood with some oil to preserve the wood.

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Old 01-18-2010, 08:55 AM
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Well, thts what I did. I boiled and scrubbed it in dawn and bleach (after sandblast)and then rinsed with boiling water and then as soon as it dried (and it dried fast) I smeared lard all over it. I was surprised how much rusty and grey stuff came off. I kept rubbing until the rags were barely discolored. Now I am going to make some wooden handles out of two slices of broken M1 front handguards. As usual more work than it worth but thats OK.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:49 PM
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You'll be able to say that you have the best dang meat cleaver in town!!!!
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:11 PM
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I used to be a meatcutter and when we sharpened our knives or needed to use a oil around the equipment we used mineral oil. I'm sure there are other oils around today that are more suited.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:56 AM
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If it is just for display and not use, how about car wax, that would help keep it from rusting.
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