Chisels and Planes - DON'T TOUCH?!


Are you supposed to take extreme care not to touch the cast iron on planes (ie. the soles) or the steel of chisels? I don't mean rubbing your mud-smeared paws all over them, but simply picking them up and putting them back in the tool cabinet, with clean, dry hands. Thanks.
JP
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Given that one often touches the steel and bodies when using the tools, I don't know why that would be an issue. Just keep them well-waxed and cared-for.
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The secret is paste wax, but, in fact, if you don't touch the shiny parts any more than is essential, it's, as Martha says, a good thing. What we consider clean, dry hands, polished cast iron considers wet, salty and maybe acidic.
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Don't leave your sweaty body acids on them. They'll etch. I do a wipe with WD40 before putting them back on the shelf. Probably overkill, but keeps them nice.
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I don't bother about this, except in the height of summer when I'm literally dripping sweat.
OTOH, I have a friend who once managed to etch fingerprints into the chrome plate of a lathe's handwheels. We don't even let him handle the titanium any more. BTW - he's a smoker.
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On Sun, 01 Jan 2006 15:01:36 +0000, Andy Dingley

I've seen bicycles and exercise machines that had so much corrosion from sweat, parts made from all kinds of metals simply disintegrated.
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