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Relic Lebel Bayonet - Can it be saved ?

Article about: Afternoon Guys I was given the attached Lebel bayonet last year which was excavated in the Argonne area when pipelines were being laid. As you can see it is still half in its scabberd but th

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    Afternoon Guys

    I was given the attached Lebel bayonet last year which was excavated in the Argonne area when pipelines were being laid. As you can see it is still half in its scabberd but the blade and scabbard are so badly rusted each time you pick it up small pieces fall off ! Can it be saved ? Any treatments etc ?
    All suggestions welcome !
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    Oxalic acid is good for superficial rust , thise kind of rust needs an electrolyse treatment.
    And it is like, my friend, Phil says; it is to far gone for that too.
    You could coat it with a polyester, it will prevent parts of falling and prevent it to deteriorate.
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Halfway down the bayonet the rust looks as though it is the scabbard that has rusted and the blade is still underneath?

    Donnie

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    Thanks for the advice guys, I guess it is too far gone. However may take a look under the scabbard as per Donnie.
    Cheers and all the best

    FW

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    I think its a rusty relic ,its to far gone to try and restore it to its former glory , if it were mine i would apply a coat of some sort of rust retarder and display it as it is , a nice relic , cheers Raymond

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    Hi FW, there is not a huge amount that can be done to it. I would enjoy it for what it is. Avoid handling it too much. I would certainly not apply any kind of varnish or lacquer to it.

    There is a British made car product called "Waxoyl". This will kill the rust and turn it dark brown. But at 20 a can it is not viable to buy just for this project.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thanks for all the advice guys, will probably just enjoy it though may treat it with something to save grief from the wife re rust everywhere !
    All the best
    FW

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    Hi please dont leave it to rust!!! Contact me (an archeologist) immediately for advise! jan.fast@luukku.com

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    Quote by Jan View Post
    Hi please dont leave it to rust!!! Contact me (an archeologist) immediately for advise! jan.fast@luukku.com
    Hello Jan,
    any chance for us to get to know your secrets??

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    Sure

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