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Blueing a new opniel blade

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by OH_Spartan, Feb 24, 2013.

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  1. OH_Spartan

    OH_Spartan Member

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    I recently bought a brand new opniel carbon with the intent of blueing the blade in a specific pattern. I will then give it to a friend as a gift. I practiced on my old opniel and the blade took the blue very well. I tried to blue my friends gift tonight and can't get it to take a stain at all.

    I have rubbed it with 400 grit paper, 03 and 000 steel wool and even ran it on my bisal wheel. It still won't take the blue. Before each attempt I wash with water then isopropyl then paper towel dry.

    Does opniel have some kind of treatment in their blade that keeps it from staining? I know this sound like blade abuse, but how do I get it off?!

    Ps...Choosing an opniel and choosing to blue it are probably only meaningful to my friend and I. an opniel would be more meaningful to him than a better knife and a stained blade better than a pristine blade.
     
  2. PRM

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    Sure it's not INOX - if it's stamped, you got a SS blade.

    If its carbon, what you have done should have taken off any protective finish.

    I've blued several with Birchwood Casey and it does give a nice patina.
     
  3. OH_Spartan

    OH_Spartan Member

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    That is exactly the problem. Frustrated with myself now...
     
  4. Piraticalbob

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    New Opinel knives with carbon steel blades are marked "au carbone." Carbon steel will take bluing.
     
  5. CWL

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    Does it say this on the blade?
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    If so, you need to find one of these:
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  6. Zeke/PA

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    I "patina" my Opinel Carbon Steel blades with French's Yellow Mustard.
     
  7. Speedo66

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    By making sandwiches with it? :rolleyes:
     
  8. Zeke/PA

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    Degrease the blade with a solvent like Mineral Spirits.
    Apply mustard with a rag/towel .
    Let it set for 30 minutes or so ,Rince in hot water then repeat process.
    Real Simple and it DOES work!
     
  9. OH_Spartan

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    My buddy and I continually one up each other with patinas on our opinel. Weve used Hot sauce apples mustard diet coke vinegar potatoes...just to name a few. This project was to take it to a new level. But alas I have now learned that they don't sell blue handled knives with carbon blades. I didn't even catch that fact when I ordered it.


    I wonder how hard it would be to take it apart.....
     
  10. Isaac's Grandpa

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    You could strip the finish off the handle and dye it with a blue analine dye under vacuum. The vacuum will pull the air out of the wood cells allowing the dye to penetrate all the way through.
     
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