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take two peices of steel (that is a ferris or carbon steel) and polish both

blue one leave the other white

oil them

handle them

store them

treat them like you would if they where firearms.

After a few weeks or months compare the two and see which has tarnished, rusted and is worse the wear.

Having grown up around bluing learning how to do it.

The Black-oxide processed steel while it will rust has at least a little bit tuffer finish then polished steel left in the white.

My dad and I have had many custumers say "Hey I like that white look, let me just have that!" Only to come back in a short time to get the work repolished and then blued.

Some "tried every thing under the sun to keep it shiney white" but failed!

The same people with their blued Firearms have still had a like new finish years later!

That is my experience with steel in the white.

But do not take my word for it! try it yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Al Lingham
I have been around (50yrs) and doing (for 40 years at least) bluing or shall we say re-bluing for a long time
 
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