How To Keep Your Knife In Great Condition
Cleaning 01 Tool Steel
Moisture can cause the most damage to your knife. Remove all fingerprints and moisture after handling. A soft cotton cloth works best.
After wiping down fingerprints and moisture apply a couple drops of oil, such as Rem-oil, to the balde and other metal surfaces with a soft 100% cotton cloth. You may use wax, such as Renaissance Wax, on the other non metal parts of your knife to keep them protected as well.
After a day of heavy use stropping your knife is highly recommended. A properly stropped knife will have to be sharpened less frequently.
If you begin to see tarnish develop this could be the start of rust and should be cleaned and oiled as soon as possible. Metal polish will also help.
Do not put your knives in the dishwasher!!
Your knife should be stored in a room that has low humidity that remains cool. Never store your knife in leather sheaths. Store them separately because the leather can absorb moisture and it will rust your blade.
Do not use your knife to pry or like you would a screwdriver. Even though this is a tough knife it will still break when used improperly.
Stropping Your Knife
Strop your knife after a day's use to maintain a keen edge and avoid the need for sharpening. New knives need stropping after first use to set the edge.
How to do it:
- Hold blade at a 20 degree angle to strop and remember how this angle looks. You need to maintain this angle for every stroke on the strop.
- Using medium/heavy pressure push the knife down the strop away from you, edge facing you. Starting at the Ricasso side of the edge and ending at the tip. You may have to lift up on the handle to get the part of the edge near the tip, do this while maintaining the angle.
- Flip the knife over and pull towards you and repeat step 2.
- Repeat this process for 10 to 15 strokes per side.