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Bear Thompson

I’ve used just table salt and white vinegar to gently clean the rust from some old rusty tools from eBay. About 1 tablespoonful per cup of vinegar (240 ml). I let the tools sit submerged overnight and was amazed at how well it worked. I scrubbed with a Scotch Pad and finish with some 4-0 steel wool. On some I’ve used a brass brush on a Dremel, but haven’t needed to on many. Then I give them a quick once over with Paul’s rag-in-a-can oiler. I would certainly resharpen any edges when done.