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    Non-Antique Kukri question

    Hi,

    I couldn't find a "non-antique" section.

    I have a new Kukri direct from Nepal. It's a workhorse one and nice and basic. The issue I have is with the scabbard. The black colouring they use has transferred to sections of the blade and is very hard to get off.

    Any ideas as to how to remove it?
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    Interesting question. I assume that you have already tried the easy solutions, hot soap and water, or maybe paint thinner on a rag? Not knowing what the dye is made of you might have to try a couple different types of solvents.

    If all that fails, I think one of the things that you could try is a liberal coating of WD40 and 0000 steel wool. The WD40 should give the finish of the knife some protection and the steel wool might give you enough abrasion to remove the dye.

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    Funnily enough, being more of a JSA guy, I hadn't thought of Soap!

    I will give it a go.

    I'm not worried about the finish too much as it's a working blade - I can clean up any scuffing. It's just weirdly sticky/tough.

    I'll post some pictures later
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    Rubbing alcohol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom hyle View Post
    Rubbing alcohol?
    I've never bought it - where do you usually pick this up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat Rous View Post
    I've never bought it - where do you usually pick this up?

    at the chemists, (in america the Drug Store). also known in UK as 'surgical spirit'.

    it's denatured ethanol / isopropyl alcohol, as in undrinkable.
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    additionally,

    no telling what the sarkis used for leather dye, but it's likely to surrender to the alcohol. if it's a working tool, fine steel wool &/or scotchbrite pads, soap & water will give you a 'villager' satin finish which holds the mandatory protective oil* better & also will take off plant gunk & sarki dye.

    * mineral oil (also known as 'baby oil') is best as it's essentially non-toxic, unlike most other CLP oils (including wd40).
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    Cheers - I'll have a look
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