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Best rust remover for blades on hunting knives.

Updated on October 16, 2017


If you are an avid collector of hunting or pocket knives, then you know they tend to rust sometimes from either getting moisture on them, or from the blade being touched with the bare hands too much. Nothing is more upsetting than a nice looking knife that has not had the proper maintenance geared towards a rusty blade. Don't fret. You can fix this problem with just a few household items, an extra few minutes, and some elbow grease. Below you will find some ideas to help you maintain your hunting knives properly. Remove the rust and keep it away for good. Keep your collection looking good, and follow the steps below.

Using Sandpaper

1. Use a light grit sandpaper to gently remove rust from your hunting blade. Never us course sandpaper. Course sandpaper could possibly damage your blade, and make it unsightly. To do this, obtain 320-600 grit sandpaper. Gently move the sandpaper the length of the blade in a back and forth motion. Never press too hard, and take your time. Once the rust is removed clean the blade with a soft cloth, then apply a small amount of 3-in-one oil.

3-in-one oil

2. Soak a rag in either oil or vinegar and wrap around the rusted blade. Let it soak in for a few hours or over night. Next remove the rag. Never wipe the blade clean of the oil or vinegar. After the rag is removed, place the knife back in the sheath. The next time you use your knife, use caution because the knife will be slippery. This will remove rust almost every time, and leave your blade looking brand new.

Lemon Juice

3. Take a lemon, slice it in half, and run one side on the rusted spots. If the rust is small, you can remove it with fine grit sandpaper or steel wool. If it is large, you might need to leave the lemon on the spot overnight till the rust start to flake and peel off.


4. Rust is best treated with care and prevention. Once rusted, a knife is never exactly the way it was. So take special care of your collection. Always keep them dry and well oiled. A knife will last a lifetime if treated properly.


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