Removing Rust from Knives?

November 13, 2007

Old Rusty Sheath KnifeHow do you remove rust on steak knives?



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November 13, 20070 found this helpful

Make a paste of baking soda and water. The light rust should come off very easy with a little rubbing.


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November 14, 20070 found this helpful

Try rubbing with steel wool.

By Timothy (Guest Post)
April 29, 20080 found this helpful

Or use vinegar and salt, that's what I've always used.

July 4, 20220 found this helpful

Lemon juice!

(1) Wrap the blade in a paper towel,
(2) Pour lemon juice onto paper towel until wet,
(bottled lemon juice is perfect for this)
(3) Press wet paper towel to blade,


(4) Let sit for at least one to two minutes (may take 5 minutes or more depending on the depth of the rust)
(5) Remove paper towel, check for any remaining rust (place back on if the rust is still present, & check in a few more minutes)
(6) When rust is gone, wash the knife, & dry

CAUTION: Lemon juice likely will stain carbon steel knives, & can stain stainless steel knives. Lemon juice cannot repair any pitting caused by rust. Working with knives can get you cut (obviously); those cuts are more painful when lemon juice is introduced into them.

ALSO: This may or may not work with lime juice, I simply don't know.

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