So I received my Mantra back in January and decided to see what would happen with it if I made it a dedicated apple knife. Well here are the before and after pictures. The first image is before the first apple, here:
I took a picture everyday at work after the apple and the patina slowly formed. But it definitely wasn't uniform across the blade, I'm not sure why since the blade was always completely covered with juice from the apple. The end result after about 30 apples give or take was this:
Maybe it is where I live, but in my experience M4 is pretty resistant to corrosion compared to what I read online. I find most people have issues with rusting etc but I've never had that issue. I don't oil my knives (even superblue) and they all look like the day I got them (aside from wear). I tried to force a patina back in the day on my original Gayle Bradley and I was amazed how much work it took to get any kind of result. It must be the climate here that helps or something.
Anyway, I wasn't happy with the boring patina my Mantra had and I was stuck at home for the last few days sick and well...I got bored. So I used some fritz on the blade which effectively hit the reset button and then forced a patina with some mustard. The result is this:
I'm actually pretty happy with it. It is very close to what I was hoping for with the added surprise of some blue tones in there. So now that the knife has a nice patina it will go into the EDC rotation and become a general utility knife.
Thanks for looking.
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