Dogs, several folks have commented about the “Gunk” that is coating the WS-1020. It is nothing more than some kind of Rust Preventative Dan puts on before shipping out to us. IT IS NOT RUST!
To remove it is simple. I just rubbed it with a cloth until it finally came off then ran the blade under HOT tap water until the blade was no longer sticky. Tom used mineral spirits and RN used CLP.
So now you know what it is (kinda sorta) and a couple simple ways to remove it. Now get out there and “GIT ‘ER DIRTY!