All kitchen knives require some care and maintenance to keep them in their best condition to get the most out of them. It doesn't matter if it's a $1 knife or a $10,000 one, care is the key to keep them in a good shape.

 

Most of our knives are made of Carbon steel while others are made of high-carbon stainless steel like VG10.

They will require different levels of care in use.

 

Here's a shortlist of things to do to keep your knives in good shape:

  • Always clean and dry the knife after each use.
  • Wash by hand with soap and a rag, not dishwasher.
  • Always cut on a soft cutting board, preferably wood. (Not glass, marble etc.)
  • Do not make lateral or torsion moves with the blade on the cutting board and never scrape the board.
  • Do not cut bones, exoskeletons and frozen food.
  • Black-Ish oxidation (called “patina”) will appear on the blade after a while. It is completely normal and is a sign of good use of the knife.
  • Sharpen your blade by hand on whetstones at least once a year.
  • Do not place the knife next to a high heat source.
  • Carbon steel reacts to salt and acidity, wash well after usage depending on the food.

Over the years, we have seen some knives getting back to us with a chipped edge, meaning a small part broke apart from the blade. In every case, the customer had a VG10 or harder steel like ZDP-189. It is important to note that these steels are very hard and prone to chipping if not used delicately, always use your knife carefully.