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How/can I get the rust off a machete?

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by crazychickens, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. Jul 30, 2008
    crazychickens

    crazychickens Sustainable Newbie

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    Our machete blade is covered in rust because I left it outside. (all winter, oops :/ )

    Now we have a full grown Easter egger rooster that was nice as a baby, then learned to crow and now attacks myself and my son, who's only 4 years old. :thun

    Forsome reason he never attacks my husband? Then again my hubands reaction would be different than my son and I who run away screaming like school girls.

    So we have decided, we need to chop his head off before someone gets hurt bad. The roo has already clawed my sons back until he bleed.


    I need to sharpen the blade of the machete, but what about the rust?
    Can I still sharpen it? :idunno

    Thank-you
     
  2. Jul 30, 2008
    the simple life

    the simple life Yard Farmer

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    soda takes rust off.
     
  3. Jul 31, 2008
    Beekissed

    Beekissed Mountain Sage

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    I was about to say that.....they use Coke to clean rust off of metal!
     
  4. Jul 31, 2008
    patandchickens

    patandchickens Crazy Cat Lady

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    My experience is that acidic sodas do not do a very good job of removing any sincere degree of rust. I'd use fine steel wool, judiciously. Then resharpen the blade. Possibly oil it afterwards.

    If you are in a hurry, just resharpen it now (ignoring the rust), but ultimately you really need to get the rust off as it will just continue to corrode and eat up the metal.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  5. Jul 31, 2008
    crazychickens

    crazychickens Sustainable Newbie

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    Thanks,

    I'll do both. :)
     
  6. Jul 31, 2008
    ticks

    ticks Hunting Crazy

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    I think coke or orange soda works well for rust.
     
  7. Jul 31, 2008
    FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Super Self-Sufficient

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    wow that sounds like one mean bird with an attitude

    yup, time for the pot for him! :)

    are you going to cook him when done?
    just wondering....cause in the end you get the last laugh.

    hope your sons' back is OK...those types of scratches can be nasty.
     
  8. Jul 31, 2008
    crazychickens

    crazychickens Sustainable Newbie

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    Yeah, we are going to eat him(romeo the rooster). At least then we get a good meal out of him.

    My son is ok, but keeps asking if we can eat Romeo today.

    I wont let him play outside till that roo is gone, but my husband has to do the deed because Im to soft hearted to chop its head off.
     
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    FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Super Self-Sufficient

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    good, at least he becomes a good meal and I am glad your son is OK. At least he wants to eat Romeo, and isn't scared of animals and such. That is great!!

    yea I let Tony do most of the bad things around here. He shot my horses when necessary (from old age and twisted gut) and dispatched a very sick dog...etc..I am so fortunate he can do these things cause I can't.

    When I have to I jump in and help injured animals for care and such, but poor Tony gets the brunt of the hard chores. Thank goodness for strong men!!
     
  10. Jul 31, 2008
    Cassandra

    Cassandra Almost Self-Reliant

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    My grandma, if we ever got an old iron skillet that had rust in it, would let us play with it in sand for a while to get the rust out.

    Seems like if you had a bucket of sand, you could stab the machette down into it and slice it back & forth through the sand for a while.

    Cassandra
     

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