kitchen knife maintenance

Remember these 3 rules to give your knives a good, long life (良い長寿命):

壱. Don’t put your knife in a dishwasher, ever.
両者. Store your knives either on the magnetic knife strip, knife block, or sheathed in the utensil drawer.
参. Don’t slide your knife, blade down, across the cutting board to clear away what you just chopped.

Use & Care

All knives we sell are hand made by experienced Japanese blade-makers to provide years of reliable service. Like most equipment, knives need a little love and care. Here are a few tips to help you get lasting service from your knife:

  • Keep your knife dry – the entire knife, not just the blade.
  • Keep your knife sharp. Remember, a sharp blade is safer than a dull one. Use only professional sharpening tools and whetstones – We have some really good ones in our offer.
  • Do not use the cutting blade as a can opener, chisel, pry bar, screwdriver or for any heavy work for which your knife was not designed. Also, don’t use the back of your knife as a hammer. It may break the springs, handles or pin.
  • Handles made of wood can be occasionally rubbed with furniture polish or oil. Brass can be polished with household brass polish.
  • Avoid prolonged immersion in liquids (water, solvents, etc.). This can have a detrimental effect on not only the metal parts, but handles made of wood or other porous materials as well. Before using your knife on food items, wipe clean with alcohol, or wash with hot soapy water and rinse clean. Remember to re-clean and lubricate your knife after the food job is done.
  • Periodically apply a small amount of lubricant to the working parts of the knife, particularly the pivot points of a folding knife. Then apply a thin film of lubricant to the entire surface of the blade. This will help prevent surface oxidation and corrosion from moisture.
  • Sharpen your knives using high-quality sharpening tools such as natural stones or whetstones. Speaking of which….

For more knowledge read our articles:

3 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Japanese Knives, Unaware

How Should I Sharpen My Japanese Knives?

Knife Steel Composition Chart

How to take care of your sharpening stones:

Before use:
Do not soak in water finishing stones #3000 and above. If needed splash with water only.

After use:
Let the stone dry thoroughly. Returning a stone into its box while still wet or damp will result in molding and might decrease in quality.

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