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Rust Prevention?
February 7, 2017
4:03 pm
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André L
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Hello,

I’m just starting out with my blacksmithing journey, and I was wondering about what I should use(and where to find it, and how to use it?) in order to prevent finished pieces from rusting. I had a suggestion for a type of wax written down somewhere, but I lost it. Also, I plan to forge a nice pair of salad turners as a gift. What should I use for those, as to not poison my giftees? If you have suggestions, please let me know.

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André L

February 7, 2017
6:58 pm
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Lots of different options for finishing out there. I’ll share my limited knowledge:

Outdoor use, clear polyurethane or similar

Indoor: Johnson’s paste wax, beeswax or hot oil finish

I’d only do beeswax or a food oil finish on something that was touching food. Another option for this would be to forge stainless but that would be a lot more work.

February 12, 2017
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Ok! Thank you, Julien! It’s a huge help!

February 17, 2017
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Another option is stainless steel. My wife has a nice hand-made ladle with a beautiful gray fire-patina. It’s been through the dish-washer twice a week or so for nearly four decades.

No matter where you go... there you are.

February 19, 2017
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Wow! That’s pretty darn incredible! Are there any special difficulties with working stainless steel, or any things to be careful of?

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