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A couple of questions js test

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I was wondering about the thoughts of cold or rust bluing fittings?  My thought would be that you still need to show a good finish quality. I'm hoping to test this summer if all goes well. 

Thank you Gilbert 

Posted : 03/03/2023 11:04 pm
Kevin R. Cashen
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Hello Gilbert, 

Do be aware that there is a prohibition against primitive finishes so if you do a rust blue be certain that it is a rich and completely uniform patination to distinguish it from something more rustic or primitive. 

Posted : 04/03/2023 8:08 am
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Thank you Kevin. Good point about the rust bluing. I do like the look but maybe not worth the risk. 


Posted : 04/03/2023 4:03 pm
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Kevin R. Cashen, Two questions with this concept. #1) is Birchwood Casey, Westlake Market Perma Blue Gun Blue Bottle something that is acceptable to use on knives for the test? #2) Would you recommend against any finishes on knives for the test due to the scrutiny? Basically the advice I have heard is go over the top simple so that nothing can detract from your blade work alone. 

I have heard from Ed Caffrey that he uses Gun Cote on carbon blades and Damascus, and I can guess I could keep all the knives well oiled by keeping them in a de-humidified gun case, but I think this information would be good to know. 

Respectfully and Godspeed,

Michael Samdahl
Montana Man Forge

Posted : 03/04/2023 10:56 am