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Aug 3, 2008 04:22 PM

Knife Rust

Deep breath...this is the yuppiest thing ever to come out of my mouth:

How do I get (minor) rust off my Sabatier stainless steel bread knife?

It's over. Time for a beer.

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  1. stainless steel wool from the grocery store, like the first one shown here:

    or fine "000" steel wool at the hardware store.

    1. Wash it off and get on with it.

      1. Barkeepers Friend. I use that to clean my All Clads, removed some rust stains from my knifes as well. Discovered that by accident.


        1. The only time I remember ever getting rust on my Sabatiers was when a housekeeper washed one by hand, then set it in a wet sink to dry with a carbon steel blade sitting on top. The rust just washed off with a wet sponge, but the former housekeeper is still on life suport. Any of the above should do it. How did you get your rust?

          1. alkapal: but won't that scratch it up?

            Sam: WASH it! Gosh, why didn't I think of that??

            jk1002: where do I find barkeepers friend?

            Caroline: just left it in the sink too long, even though I know better.

            7 Replies
            1. re: Jim Leff

              Though it's counterintuitive when you look at it, 000 steel wool is ridiculously fine. It (and even finer 0000 grade) is often used to do final once-over sanding on wood after you've used sandpaper, or to remove minor imperfections in polyurethane finishes.

              1. re: Jim Leff

                Serious: I use a ss Sabatier as well. If any of my knives rust--including and more likely my carbon steel ones--I just wash off with the normal net covered little sponge and some detergent liquid.

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  Barkeeper's Friend is useful stuff -- it's basically just a mild acid. It comes either in a gold can like a scouring powder can or in a bottle in a creamy-liquid form (I've only used the former, can't speak for the efficacy of the latter). You can probably find it in the same hardware store where you buy your 000 steel wool -- sometimes you can find it in other places with good housewares (Bed, Bath & Beyond carries it) or cleaning supplies departments (I usually buy a three-pack at Smart & Final).

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    BKF is the most useful kitchen cleanser ever! If, for some reason, your knife-rust is resistant to BKF, try Wright's Silver Cream. It's an excellent silver polish that contains silica--it can remove all sorts of marks from metal.

                    1. re: Hungry Celeste

                      It is also excellent for cleaning my Calphalon hard annodized skillets when i get carried away with searing and crusting steaks and other stuff. The only other cleanser I'll use is Bon Ami. Neither will damage the finish of the pans. I have also used it on occasion when my carbon steel Sabatiers get left(by others) in the sink. after loud imprecations about carelessness, I give them a swipe with the BKF and a quick rinse, dry and put them back in the rack with no appreciable adverse effect.

                    2. re: Ruth Lafler

                      I found BKF at my local WalMart this Jan, after getting a new All Clad pan for the holidays. I like the stuff; will now try on other items.

                    3. re: Jim Leff

                      The company also sells online at the normally found price in stores, but with free shipping anywhere in the continental US