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Jess Karren
08-17-2014, 11:46 AM
I recently purchased the Gang Unit. I love it!! I carry it as a back up weapon. Since I have had it, I have noticed some tarnish on it where my thumb touches it. It appears to be a slight rust color. I normally carry it on a lanyard and tucked in behind my waist band. Not sure if contact with sweat has any thing to do with it.

Has anyone else had this issue? If so, how can I remove the tarnish?

John Chambers
08-17-2014, 11:57 AM
It's from your sweat. The salt gathers in the pores of the bead blasting and will cause discoloration. Wipe it down with CLP, etc occasionally and if you want to clean it, use a little CLP and some steel wool.

JDoza
08-17-2014, 02:39 PM
I recently purchased the Gang Unit. I love it!! I carry it as a back up weapon. Since I have had it, I have noticed some tarnish on it where my thumb touches it. It appears to be a slight rust color. I normally carry it on a lanyard and tucked in behind my waist band. Not sure if contact with sweat has any thing to do with it.

Has anyone else had this issue? If so, how can I remove the tarnish?

Sounds pretty weird... I can help you out by taking off your hands, so you don't have any concerns looming about the tarnish staining your hands or your belt line. :)



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Jess Karren
08-17-2014, 02:49 PM
It's from your sweat. The salt gathers in the pores of the bead blasting and will cause discoloration. Wipe it down with CLP, etc occasionally and if you want to clean it, use a little CLP and some steel wool.

That worked. Thank you.

padom
08-17-2014, 04:24 PM
Mine is the same way after a weekend of Team Tactics classes in rain and lots of sweat.

Not a big deal for me.

Redneck Zen
08-17-2014, 05:04 PM
This is to be expected with both stainless and carbon steel blades that have a sandblasted finish. You have a couple of preventative options. In the old days I used to put Rain Dance or Turtle Wax car wax on my blued guns and knives. I have a couple of old Randalls that I cold blued and did the wax job ... sweat and gunk rolled off, had virtually no rust issues. Nowadays I use Marine Tuff Cloth and Tuff Glide; wipe down the gun or knife and it leaves a residue that lasts a good while. It's like anything else, you maintain your gear and your gear maintains you.

I just got a Gang Unit and a TSD Classic Bowie. The bowie is made of O-1, which has a rep for rusting when you look at it. I've wipe both knives down with Tuff Cloth. I may cold blue them just 'cuz I can.

If rust really becomes an issue and you can't stand it, get it Duracoated or Cerakoted. Or painted Krylon or Rustoleum.

Bottom line, don't baby it. Use it. Make it yours. Those stains and scratches and wear marks only make it more precious. At least that's been my experience.

Jess Karren
08-17-2014, 05:42 PM
[QUOTE=JDoza;1667025]Sounds pretty weird... I can help you out by taking off your hands, so you don't have any concerns looming about the tarnish staining your hands or your belt line. :)


Thank you for your concern. :) I'm strong, though, and will make it through this minor challenge.

I'm not wise with metals so ya'll's help is greatly appreciated. Problem has been solved.

Custom II
08-17-2014, 07:46 PM
.......Or, get it cerakoted!

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/08/18/tupuve3e.jpg

EDELWEISS
08-17-2014, 09:36 PM
Dude wait to you get blood on it.... Just ask yourself this question: How do you tell the difference between beef jerky and human ears? Ears are saltier..

Jess Karren
08-18-2014, 06:33 AM
Dude wait to you get blood on it.... Just ask yourself this question: How do you tell the difference between beef jerky and human ears? Ears are saltier..

Hah!!! :firedevil:

HydroPrintServices
08-18-2014, 07:46 AM
.......Or, get it cerakoted!

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/08/18/tupuve3e.jpg

Say.... that's a classy looking knife there. And I'm partial to that option... ;-)

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silat_1
08-21-2014, 09:06 PM
Due to some people having allergic reactions to petroleum based products such as clp, we were recommended to use virgin olive oil on our metal duty gear.. so this might be a replacement for clp if you have this problem

Jess Karren
08-22-2014, 07:13 AM
As a follow up, I did use CLP and steel wool "00". It cleaned up the gang unit nicely and has stayed that way after several days of carrying it in the hot west Texas sun.