With the ESEE's I remove the scales, strip the entire blade, then soak the entire blade.kennethsime wrote: ↑Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:05 pmQuestion vivi. Do you pull the scales off and strip & soak the whole knife? Or just the blade?
Is the vinegar soak as good as, or nearly as good as the paint at keeping the knife from corroding?
After that is will rust a bit more easily. The painted on coatings generally prevent anything from reaching the blade surface. Once stripped you expose the blade to the elements.
It won't rust as easily as bare 1095, but you'll still want to make sure its dry and clean before storing it long term.
I'm doing the Chief tonight and modding the scales while the blade soaks. I'm going to photograph the entire process and post a little tutorial.