Best Knife Care

Knife care information at Spirit Knives Yukon

Perform Knife Care Regularly

Your Damascus Steel Knife, with its resistance to breakage and its ability to maintain an edge, is one of your best knives. Whether you own a hunting knife, kitchen knife, pocket knife or folding knife, it’s easy to care for with the appropriate knife care and maintenance. The right products help protect your investment and maintain its luster, strength and beauty.

Dry the blade of your custom knives after each use with a soft, absorbent cloth (Microfiber or soft cotton). This is the main requirement. Remember to include the handle so no trapped moisture is left behind to prevent rust and corrosion.

Wash by hand only. Automatic dish washers damage steel, wood, antler and bone. Dry the blades with a soft, absorbent cloth (Microfiber or soft cotton) – do not let them air dry. These steel knives are not stainless. Coat the blade lightly with an appropriate wax or oil before placing back in its sheath to prevent spotting and rust. This knife care will keep your possession sparkling.

Perform Knife Care Regularly

Some suggested products:

  • Ideally the blade will be coated with Camellia Oil or Tsubaki Oil.
  • Renaissance Wax can be used on the handle as well as the blade.
  • Although not the best long-term solution, use olive oil or petroleum jelly on the blade if nothing else is available.
  • Water spots and rust on the blade can be cleaned with a product like Scotch Brite Pads and a bit of detergent.

Sharpening your Damascus Steel Knife

Your Damascus Steel Knife will maintain a razor-sharp edge for a lengthy period; however it will need sharpening at some point. Use a whetstone and honing steel to sharpen your knives. Use the whetstone first and finish with the honing steel. The links below will give you some examples.

Hold the blade at an approximate 20 degree angle when sharpening. Here’s a helpful video from if you are unsure how to use a whetstone or honing steel.

A ceramic rod works great for the finishing touches of your sharpening effort. You can use a freehand ceramic rod or, if you are a novice, they come with the angle pre-set.

The links below will show you some ceramic rod choices.

Here’s a helpful video from Expertvillage on how to use the pre-set angle ceramic rod.

Disclosure: The links are intended to give examples of recommended products.  You may find others that work as well. This article was written by Norm Hamilton. Norm will receive a small advertising fee if you purchase from Amazon using the links provided.