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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 15:03 pm 
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Just a quick question, im looking for a K98 but notice the use of word 'blueing' is being quite used frequently. What does blueing of the metal mean? And is it a good thing or bad thing?

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The term refers to the darkening/blackening of the metal to reduce/eliminate shine and glare from it.

If you look, most military weapons are not shiny metal, but a dark blue/black color.

This gets scratched off on equipment etc with use over time.

Usually what they say in ads is things like "90% original bluing" - which means some of it has worn off over the years.

You can re-blue weapons tho - there are several ways, including cold blueing with a paste you can do yourself. Or get an armourer to do it for you...

Obviously, from a collectors point of view, an orginal condition weapon is better than a re-blued one, however for us...

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