Friday, July 27, 2012

Riverwalker's Knife Pics - Shine vs. No Shine

Shine vs. No Shine

Sometimes basic black works quite well if you want to avoid a reflection.

Got shine?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

What is that product ? I've done the vinegar dip for a Mora knife that considerably dulled the shine, giving it a good patina, but that product looks like a gun blueing product ? Whatever it is, looks great!

goslow said...

Most likely it is anondized

Machinist said...

Anodize is an aluminum oxide plating applied to aluminum. On a steel knife blade it would more likely be gun blue,a phosphate process like Parkerizing, or one of the more exotic coating processes.

riverwalker said...

This particular knife is powder coated and while not the best type of coating, it doesn't add significantly to the cost.

My SOG knife has the TiNi (titanium nitride) coating which is extremely durable and adds a lot of corrosion resistance but does add some to the cost factor.

You could also opt for a satin finish (brushed) on your blade to cut down on the reflective quality.

Blueing works but I'm not a fan of Parkerizing which only gives slightly better corrosion protection than blueing but requires a lot more maintenance on the finish.


riverwalker said...

This particular knife has the black oxide (or blackened) type of powder coating.


Joe said...

I prefer the black coating, but it can wear off. I've used my Ka-Bar BK2 Companion for splitting firewood during camping trips and it's worn some of the black off the edges.

Not a big deal though. Still works great.

Here's a picture of it if you're interested -

riverwalker said...

To: Joe

I've had issues with the black coating coming off from use but then I have a tendency to be a "little" rough on my gear sometimes.

Checked out your pic...nice looking blade.

Thanks Joe.


YakDriver said...

At this point in my life I am not too concerned about the "shinyness" of my blade. I'm more interested in finding it if I lay it down. Hence I've gone to brighter colored sheaths and handles. I do, however, keep a tiny zip lock bag attached to my sheath that has a small rag soaked in gun oil. Even with a stainless blade like the Buck shown in the pictures, I like to give it an occasional wipe. The high humidity and salt here on the Texas Gulf Coast can be hard on equipment if you don't give it just an extra bit of care.

RW, I've enjoyed your blog and look forward to every post. Keep up the good work.

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