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Stainless steel and humidity

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Hermit_Knight, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Hermit_Knight

    Hermit_Knight

    448
    Mar 19, 2018
    I’m importing a bunch of stainless steel blades from the USA (S35VN) as it’s winter there and summer in my country is corrosion a worry for them in transit with the temperature change? Thanks.
     
  2. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Platinum Member

    Jun 5, 2012
    I think they'll be fine. I've only had s35vn rust on me after being submerged and left to sit wet and even then it wasn't anything to write home about.
     
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  3. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I wouldn't expect corrosion to be an issue unless perchance they are shipped by container ship instead of air.

    Seen some manufacturing parts surface shipped in containers which were evidently not sufficiently waterproof. We had bags of desiccant in the containers and at the far end you could squeeze water out of desiccant bags.
     
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  4. Hermit_Knight

    Hermit_Knight

    448
    Mar 19, 2018
    Yeah they are coming by air thankfully, how did the parts fare after being exposed to ocean and rain water?
     
  5. mete

    mete Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Wipe the blades with something like RIG.
     
  6. Hermit_Knight

    Hermit_Knight

    448
    Mar 19, 2018
    Sounds like it’s pretty corrosion resistant. How long did you have them submerged?
     
  7. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Not very good. Some of them had to be scrapped.
     
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  8. Hermit_Knight

    Hermit_Knight

    448
    Mar 19, 2018
    I can put my own protection on them when they arrive, what’s rig? I’ve just been informed they were shipped coated in wd40 so I guess that’s not a bad short term rust inhibitor.
     
  9. mete

    mete Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    RIG [ Rust Inhibiting Grease ] a preservative grease that I have used for many years , popular with gun owners . I would be much happier with it than WD40. One thin layer willdo the job.
     
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  10. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Platinum Member

    Jun 5, 2012
    Anywhere from a few hours to all day. Swam with it multiple times in pools and river/lakes and butchered animals and put it in a bowl with bloody soapy water for hours.
     
  11. Hermit_Knight

    Hermit_Knight

    448
    Mar 19, 2018
    Ah yeah sounds like some good stuff. Ive actually had some cold steel 3V shipped over that had some sort of grease on it but there was some surface rust on the edge.
     
  12. Hermit_Knight

    Hermit_Knight

    448
    Mar 19, 2018
    Sounds like you don’t Baby your knives mate!
     
  13. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Platinum Member

    Jun 5, 2012
    Exactly;)
     
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