A Comprehensive Guide to Knife Care
If you’re buying a knife as precious, unique and highly sought after as those found at Exquisite Knives, you want to make sure you learn everything you can about knife care. We have compiled a comprehensive guide to knife care including helpful tips and tricks and common knife mistakes that you’ll want to avoid. We list our knife care suggestions here, thematically compiled by common problems.
If you live near the beach, rust is an especially real concern for you and your knife collection. Since the air in coastal regions has a higher moisture content, with some salt mixed in, it is important to keep the surface of the blade lightly coated with a film of oil. The oil will prevent the moist air from coming into contact with the blade steel. Any household grade lubricating oil will work. Another good use for oil in maintaining your knives is by utilizing it as pivot lubrication. One word of caution: be careful of overspray, especially with black blades; once the lube dries on the black finish, a light residue can be seen. Just use soap and water to wash this away. It is also important to note when the metal of the knife is discolored. Discolored metal has a blue/grey/black color, is a sign of oxidation and precedes rust. Regarding non-stainless steel, discoloration is common and can provide a barrier against oxidation; however, if you regularly clean the metal it will keep discoloration from turning to rust. With metal that is stainless steel, it is important to know that it will not discolor easily. If it does, it should be regarded as rust about to happen and should be cleaned ASAP. Rust is so insidious and harmful as it eats pits into your blade and contaminates what you cut. Heavier rust needs to be cleaned with more abrasive action, such as a cleaner, polish or a plastic cleaning pad.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are legitimate concerns for knife enthusiasts. To prevent this, don’t leave your knives to dry in the dish rack. You run the risk of dulling the blade when the knife shares space with other utensils in the utensil bin. You also risk inhibiting proper drying. To combat this, dry your knife immediately after washing, to prevent any mold or mildew from forming and put it away.
Scratching and Denting
To avoid scratching and denting, don’t leave your knives in the kitchen sink and especially don’t leave them in the utensil drawer. Throwing your knives in any drawer, mixed in with other utensils, is one of the worst things you can do. The blade can easily get scratched and dented from being jostled around in the drawer every time you open it. If you don’t have any other place to store your knives at least use a knife sheath to guard the blade.
A few last tips for proper knife care are: make sure to keep your knife dry, keep your knife clean, particularly the moving parts and locking device, keep your knife oiled, especially the pivot points and blade, keep your knife sharp as a sharp blade is safer than a dull one and lastly, do not attempt self-repair as this will void the warranty and may create an unsafe condition.