Sodbuster question


July 11, 2008, 01:33 AM

Still love my Sodbuster Jr. But the brass lining where the blade folds in (all along the inside of the scales) is getting kind of tarnished and discolored. I take good care of the blade...but what should I do about the brass? It doesn't REALLY matter...but it'd be nice if it stayed shiny.


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July 11, 2008, 01:50 AM
Paper towel, folded to fit snug in between liners.

Brasso. (Or other polish)

Elbow grease.



Oil the pivot.

Should just about do it.

July 11, 2008, 02:10 AM
Brasso should do it, but I voted for the seething vat. :)

July 11, 2008, 02:39 AM
Thanks AG and valk. The paper towel thing minus Brasso don't work so hot (well it doesn't completely remove the tarnish), but I will work on getting a polish.

And *sigh* valkman, that was such a red herring. Everyone knows that vats of seething acids are only good for a patina! :neener:

July 11, 2008, 03:06 AM
seething acids are only good for a patina
Oh, gawd.

And it's from one of my own posts.

July 11, 2008, 03:14 AM
Actually I'd remove those brass liners and replace them with titanium - done it before but I didn't want to give you ideas. :)

This is a 048 Case with Ti and Snakewood.

July 11, 2008, 03:28 AM
You say cauldron and I say vat...

You say pa-TEE-na and I say pa-TYE-na...

Let's just call the whole thiiiiing off...

July 11, 2008, 09:26 AM
It's only oxidation common with brass.
+1 on the metal polish- elbow grease posts.

July 11, 2008, 11:16 AM
q-tip + metal polish + patient polishing = shiny liners

soft cloth wrapped around flat metal ruler + metal polish + patient polishing = shiny liners

July 11, 2008, 12:23 PM
I voted for option 1 and 4 . *smile*

-Pipe cleaners.
-Semichrome by Happich.

A note about pipe cleaners.
Dill's makes two kinds, yellow package is soft, red is coarse. Use the yellow/soft ones.

Check the off brands, to make sure (a) they are like the yellow/soft, (b) not the chenille used for making party favors and crafts.

Semichrome by Happich is something that was in my life when I was born, it still is the best IMO/IME. Flitz and these others were not even around for a long time, or not around my parts anyway.

I base this on actual testing, on various metals, and looking under a microscope to see how well it polished. Metals run from brass, copper, carbon, tool steels to precious metals like sterling silver, gold, and platinum.

I have been testing another one, and am satisfied with it
Super Premium Polishing Paste
(Made in the USA, RTZ Distributors , SR0201, bar code 10776 01002)
It is not Semichrome, still it is a pink color and sure is similar in use, and performance.

Semi chrome as does Super, leaves a protective finish.

These work great on the back of a legal pad, to strop, then to get even a higher polish, use newspaper.

-Semichrome is one trick I use in salt water settings, or suggest to those with skin pH that tends to rust everything.

-Johnson's Paste Wax is another.

Unlike RIG (Rust Inhibiting Grease) which is great! These do not attract sand, grit, dust and dirt, once applied and buffed down.

Currently I am EDC-ing a Queen Mini-Trapper, with Blue Bone, a numbered 1999 Collectors Club, with ATS-34 blades, has engraved liners.
Real nice looking inside there and seeing the scroll work all nice and shiny.

Semichrome has kept this protected, and was what I used to strop this knife after free hand sharpening.

I pulled out all the stops and got a bit "trick" and used some old proven tips in preserving this knife before EDC-ing it, and it has held up.

Some folks would cringe if they knew what all I have been using this knife for.
Some have, especially after seeing what it is.

Just a friggin' tool...these sharp and pointy things.

July 11, 2008, 01:24 PM
Thanks everyone. The pipe cleaners seem to be just what the doctor ordered. The ruler is def too big, and the q-tips I already tried but had to cut down. That's okay because again, I'm not too worried about this, but I always like a) shinier things and b) additions to my knowledge base.


Youse guys are great.

July 11, 2008, 11:30 PM
q-tip + metal polish + patient polishing = shiny liners

thats what I have done , I used Flitz.

FYI: I picked # 4 ;)

July 11, 2008, 11:45 PM
4 seems to be the best option, and I certainly prefer it to 1. At least no one has chosen 3.

Brian Dale
July 12, 2008, 02:25 AM
Even 1 is better than 3. ;)

I used to be a chemist, so I'm unable to resist choosing 2 in the poll, even though in real life I choose 4 like most folks. Answer 4 works: I've always used Brasso and elbow grease, but there's no appreciable protective effect.

I've got to try some Semichrome; it'll be fun.

July 15, 2008, 03:40 PM
I'd probably do exactly nothing. :D

Joe Demko
July 15, 2008, 04:55 PM
I'd follow a kind of Buddhist path and not be attached to shiney liners.

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