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Rust on brand new blades

1717

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Hi guys, newbie skater here after some advice about rusting on blades. I just purchased a pair of brand new coronation ace from my rink last week (it was my first pair of blades that I purchased seperate from boots), and had the skate tech mount it onto my boots. This morning I went to pick them up and tested them out for about 2 hours. As I got off and wiped my blades, I noticed that there was spots of rusting on the side of the blades (the dull part where you can sharpen, not the shiny area), as well as the unsharpened area between the toe pick and the rocker. It was the same on both blades.

So I went straight to my pro shop and they basically told me they can’t do anything about it and to just be extra careful with drying them from now on. They said they can check it out for the next sharpening, but I’m not sure if that would help as the rust is mainly on the side of the blades and the part that doesn’t usually gets sharpened.

I went skating again in the afternoon and for alignment testing, and after I got off, it seems like more rust spots appeared on the side along the length of the blade? I don’t know if I’m imagining it.

Is this normal with new blades or Coronation Ace? I didn’t really check the blade when I first purchased them as they were in the box with the gel over the blades. Could it have started rusting when it was stored in the box?

I know rusting would probably be inevitable at some point in the future, but never expected to see it right away. Should I just ignore it as it apparently doesn’t affect skating anyway?

Any advice would be much appreciated!
 

1717

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I wiped them off very throughly after I noticed the rust this morning. Wiped it down like 3 times while I waited for them to return to room temperature, and put them in dry soakers.
 

WednesdayMarch

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I'm rather unimpressed with your pro shop. That really doesn't seem right to have rust right after leaving the ice for the first use. They may be trying the old, "we bear no responsibility once blades are mounted/used" but if the blades are faulty, I'm pretty certain they have a liability to replace or refund.

I seem to recall @Arwen17 having a similar problem with a pair of JW Gold Seals. There was a thread about it fairly recently: How to prevent rust forming on blades whilst skating
 

tstop4me

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I know rusting would probably be inevitable at some point in the future, but never expected to see it right away. Should I just ignore it as it apparently doesn’t affect skating anyway?
Don't ignore it. Rust has a porous microstructure that traps water and leads to further rust. Refer to my Reply #2 in the other thread cited in the post above.
 

1717

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Thanks for the replies! :)

I have a friend who got the CA from them not long ago, maybe I’ll ask if they have the same issue. Anyway, I’ll go talk to them again later this week when I get the rest of the screws mounted (or not).
 

tstop4me

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Thanks for the replies! :)

I have a friend who got the CA from them not long ago, maybe I’ll ask if they have the same issue. Anyway, I’ll go talk to them again later this week when I get the rest of the screws mounted (or not).
I want to emphasize that the propensity for rust per se does not indicate a lower grade steel or a manufacturing defect. I have some high-end machinist tools and cutlery fabricated from plain-carbon steel. They are so prone to rust that I need to keep them oiled after every use. [On the other hand, some low-end skate kits (boot+blade combos) are now outfitted with el-cheapo stainless-steel blades that are highly resistant to rust.]

I've previously purchased around 6 pairs of Coronation Ace, and never had the problem you describe. But the last one was around 2014, so I don't know whether Wilson has changed the grade of steel or manufacturing process (mechanical or thermal treatment that affects the final properties of the steel). And as I mentioned in the other thread, ask other skaters with plain-carbon steel blades who skate at your particular rink or rinks whether they have similar problems; you need to consider the possibility of contaminants in the ice or floor matting, e.g.
 
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