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Old 05-23-2020, 07:06 AM
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I would think heat would ruin temper. What about alcohol?
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I would think heat would ruin temper. What about alcohol?

Heat from fire might damage the temper. However, boiling water won’t. Just be very sure you treat the blades with oil before storing them so they don’t rust.

Alcohol will work, but it is hard to find right now, and even when it isn’t, it can get expensive, depending on the size of the blades.


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A brief exposure to heat is unlikely to damage the temper of quality blades.
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A brief exposure to heat is unlikely to damage the temper of quality blades.

You’re correct. Passing through a flame wouldn’t be too likely to damage the temper. Not knowing their experience with handling metal in a fire, it is a safer bet to ‘boil’ the blades.

Either way, they should be treated so they won’t rust.
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Wipe down with chlorine........


Been using it 50+ years.......


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edit: nothing in the OP axed' about rust treatment/prevention............WD40 oar' equivalent...........

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70% alcohol works well. When I am pruning I put a splash of 70% isopropyl alcohol in a sandwich ziplock baggie with a paper towel. A quick wipe of the blades between trees is my practice.
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What are you sterilizing them for?
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Fungus, disease, black knot.
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I wipe with isopropyl alcohol. Never had any problems with this method.
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bleach solution will do the job - cut a slit in a gallon jug to insert tool between pruning - handy handle and contains slosh & spills ...
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Wipe down with towel or paper towel and dip in bleach water @1 cup per gallon for 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe dry. Spray with a corrosion preventer
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We used bleach when I was doing orchard work
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The important point is to scrub off organic debris and soak for a full 10 minutes in the sanitizing solution otherwise or is not guaranteed to be effective without that contact time.
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We wipe all blades with isopropyl alcohol.
It dries fast and requires less lubricant afterwards vs boiling water.
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