New black/brown stains on 1897 mauser bayonet

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New black/brown stains on 1897 mauser bayonet

Hayden S
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Joined: 08 Jun 2017, 04:59

08 Jun 2017, 04:59 #1

Help! I have a swedish mauser bayonet that got wet and was left in the scabbard for no more than two days. It now has terrible, stubborn black/brownish rusty looking stains that ive removed from the surface with steel wool but look as if they are soaked into the blade. The blade is sticking when removed from the scabbard, so the filth is inside the scabbard as well. I dont know how this happened so quickly. How do I fix this! Any advice will help. Much obliged

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Joined: 05 Nov 2001, 07:04

23 Jun 2017, 11:27 #2

Get some oil in the scabbard and let it soak.
You're probably not going to get the spots off of the blade without a lot of polishing with some type of compound, which you may or may not want to do, there's a risk of leaving marks on the blade doing that if you get too aggressive with the polishing effort.
If that doesn't work, then you're just going to have spots on the blade from here on out.
Keep it oiled from here on out to minimize/prevent further speckling/spotting of the steel.