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I had the chance to check out a friends 1918 Erfurt this past weekend. Appears to be all matching.
The bad news is it was reblued and polished about 20 years ago, the worse news is it was left in a South Florida storage unit for a while. It is now covered with red rust. Since the value has been trashed anyway I thought it might be a good idea to get it refinished in a more original type finish, the pitting is there to stay but it should still be a good shooter. Any suggestions on which way to go with it?
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I'd try electrolyis (can't spell) should be able to get the bulk of the rest off and then you can see what you are dealing with. Either that or bead blast then either hot tank bluing or park it. Most likely have a lot of pitting so probably collector value shot. Frank
 

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Leave it the way it is and make up some ridiculous story about it was Adolf Hitler's personal WWI Luger which has just be discovered! Perhaps you can sell it for a million dollars.
 

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Not electrolysis as it may wreck some of the good remaining surface by depositing metal on it. See if someone can polish it back into original shape as the rust isn't really THAT horrible. You shoulda seen my cheapo "Poor" Ballisters from Century before the sandblasting. That Luger is pristine by comparison.
 
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