Archive | August, 2013

Why should you steam rather than boil?

Did you know that nearly all commercial and military arms production during the day employed steaming rather than boiling for rust bluing? It’s true. We’ve always been told in the majority of gunsmithing books that we should boil.  That is what has kept most people away from rust bluing. Pros and Cons of  boiling vs [...]

How to Make a Sweat Box

A “sweat box” is used in rust bluing for two reasons: 1. To initiate and accelerate the rusting process 2. To create a consistent, reproducible humidity environment Rust bluing can become agony for some who do not live in a high humidity environment, or if the season of the year is dry and cool. By [...]