Join Date: May 2006
I reckon that for the type of material it is, it is a pretty good job.
Long time since I used the rice water method, but I'm pretty certain that my rice water was produced by boiling rice in too much water, then draining the water off. Also, I left the blade in the slurry of sulphur + salt + rice water for (I think) about a week, it was wrapped in plastic, the original recipe called for wrapping in a palm leaf.
The sulphur would have been bought in a hardware or garden supplier, the salt would have been from the kitchen.
This was the result.
Incidentally, this blade was stained more than 60 years ago, it has been maintained by infrequent oiling during that time, and for the last +/- 50 years by oiling + a plastic sleeve.