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Soak in vinegar/water mix and neutralize with baking soda/water mix = rust gone. Then oil it.

If it weren't damascus I'd probably use plain vinegar full strength. That would only take a few minutes judging from the looks of it.
 

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I work with pattern welded steel a lot. since it has some rust you can assume its a high carbon pattern welded steel. The good thing about it is you can sand it down or clean it without too much worry, If you remove or lighten the pattern, you then simply re-etch the steel to bring the pattern back out. I can help you with this however you have to assume the risk there is always a risk when the exact type of steel is unknown. I attached some pics of some Damascus knives I just finished so you can see what sanded Damascus looks like, 1st pic is basically shaped sanded Damascus blank cut from a larger billet, next pic the blades have been deeply etched, then the finished product.
 

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I think it needs to be white vinegar or a "cleaning" vinegar.
Not just any vinegar would do the job.

The cleaning vinegar, & let it soak for a while, then brush with a copper wire brush & it should come out nice. Then treat to an oil bath to keep any rust from coming back.
 

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I work with pattern welded steel a lot. since it has some rust you can assume its a high carbon pattern welded steel. The good thing about it is you can sand it down or clean it without too much worry, If you remove or lighten the pattern, you then simply re-etch the steel to bring the pattern back out. I can help you with this however you have to assume the risk there is always a risk when the exact type of steel is unknown. I attached some pics of some Damascus knives I just finished so you can see what sanded Damascus looks like, 1st pic is basically shaped sanded Damascus blank cut from a larger billet, next pic the blades have been deeply etched, then the finished product.
I gave me best friend the knife I got from you. I REGRET it VERY much, and keep trying to get it back. He won't budge.lol I need another one of your knives. Anyone out there looking for a knife, this is the guy. Sorry ti hi-jack
 
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