- Blade care
by Jean Wilke Custom Knives About In South Africa we have become so accustomed to factory produced stainless steel knives that few people know and appreciate the hand-forged, simple carbon (steel) knife. Carbon (Steel) knives are different from Stainless Steel knives in that they: Have no or less chromium, vanadium and other additives added to the iron during manufacturing. It is usually a simple mixture of Iron, Carbon and, in certain cases, a little bit of Chromium. Examples include: 1070 1084 1095 5160 (Spring Steel) 52100 (Bearing Steel) They can be heat-worked and forged, providing the blade smith a blank...
Dry thoroughly after washing and use a small amount of blade oil on the entire blade. (Vegetable oil also does the trick).
Never wash your blade in a dishwasher.