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#280615 04/14/2013 03:12 AM
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I have inherited several daggers which were stored for 40 years. what is the best way to clean these for display?


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I would not clean them. It could significantly reduce the value of the pieces by removing the patina that collectors cherish as a sign of authenticity. If you have specific concerns, forum members can help but would need more info. With all antiques less is more when it comes to cleaning or restoration. A small amount and I mean small amount of gin oil on the blades is all I would do to reduce oxidation. Please do not clean without experienced advice.


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That is GUN oil


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Strato:

I prefer gin oil in a glass. wink

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Yes, but how many glasses of Gin do you have to drink to get a good Gin oil?

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Come to think of it, I was having a libation as I wrote my reply and recall my glass was empty again. Freudian slip?


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thank you, I will leave as they are


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If you are able to, post a picture here. In some cases, cleaning is beneficial and necessary.

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I have read many of the posts in this forum. But I still would like to know what would be best for this dagger ( my Teno on the misc. dagger forum) and scabbard. Renaissance cream, gun oil or nothing? Over the years it's been wrapped in a t shirt and has been just fine. Of course now I worry about something happening to it. Should I just leave it as is?
Thanks for the help!

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I don't think that Renwax will harm anything at all. And, it will help clean and preserve whatever it is on.

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I just dont want my dagger to rust. So what type of oil would you recommend to put on the dagger?

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Kyles:

Don't put oil on daggers, especially plated blades.

Use Renwax instead to protect everything from the moisture in the air.

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Ok, thanks John!

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Never use gun oil. Over time, it can darken or spot the blade and, once in the scabbard, will attract dust and that will also contribute to darkening.
I use a silicon base wax and leave the dagger out of the scabbard and put it in a bag made from anti silver tarnish material that is available from most quality fabric stores.
LOOK AT the piece at least on a yearly basis and monitor the humidity in the area and, hopefully, keep it below 50%.


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