We hand process and package all of our barrels from chunk of steel to finished product. This helps us maintain such high standards and quality control on all our barrels. So it'd be no surprise that we continue that same level of care and consideration in our blacking process as well.
We hand dip our barrels to create a well established coating that attaches itself to the stainless steel in a manner more commonly known as oxidization. Once the barrels chosen to be blacked are finished, they go to inspection and are hand cleaned both inside and out.
Because this coating tends to be thicker than a traditional blue or black it is subject to lightening and/or dulling. Occasionally you can get a brownish oxide appearance which comes from the chemical process involving the blackening of the barrel.
To maintain the rich, black luster, your barrel should be wiped down with mineral oil using a cloth. The same care is recommended for maintaining our Satin finish as well.
Using wire brushes or steel wool could potentially scratch and damage your finish. Strong solvents should NOT be used because they will also damage the finish.
We here at BHW hope this little guide will help you protect your investment.
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