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Knife Care Tips

You have invested in an heirloom knife carefully crafted by Caylor Forge and associates. Taking care of your knife will ensure it is ready to work for generations to come.

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The Do's of Knife Care

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Avoid Extremes

Ensure your knife is not exposed to extreme heat, caustic fumes, or moisture. High Carbon Steel is susceptible to rust and the materials in the handle may fail if exposed to extreme conditions for a prolonged period of time.  Ensure you clean and dry your knife immediately after use.

Then, oil your blade to prevent rust. We like Frog Lube, canola oil, and food grade mineral oil.

Under no circumstances should you use your knife to pry, as this will likely damage the blade. The same characteristic hardness required to maintain a sharp edge makes high carbon steel a poor prying material. We will not warranty a blade that was used to pry, but we will sell you another blade and hope you learned your lesson.

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High Carbon Steel knives will develop a grey or black patina over time. This is expected and inevitable if exposed to salt, acid, or moisture. Cleaning and thoroughly drying knives immediately after use will help prolong the original finish. A patina is a natural secondary finish and will help prevent rust.

Rust, on the other hand, should be prevented or removed immediately. It is detrimental to the blade.

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Ensure your knife is stored out of a leather sheath when in storage long term.


Gently rub with the grain of grinding marks using a kitchen scrubber or 1000 grit sandpaper to remove unwanted marks or rust.

Bring your knife to Caylor Forge for expert guidance and restoration services.

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