Understanding the steel
I work with predominantly high-carbon steels and all of my knives will be made from 1095 or 01 tool steel unless specified otherwise. I use these high carbon steels for their superior edge retention in comparison to stainless steels.
use and cleaning
Because Fell Knives are made with High Carbon steels they are prone to patina and may rust if care is not taken. Patina is your friend, it is a grayish blue tint with occasional faint yellows and golds. You will begin to see a patina form on the blade as you use the knife, it helps to slightly protect the steel from rusting. Rust will form on the knife if it is left wet for too long. Clean your knife when you finish cooking with the soft side of your sponge, the green scouring pad will damage the edge on any knife resulting in a dulled blade. Immediately after washing your knife, towel dry and keep it stored in a dry place.
- Do not put your Fell Knives in the dishwasher.
- Do not leave your Fell Knives in the sink.
- Do not leave your Fell Knives in the drying.
- Do not use the green scouring pad on your sponge to clean your Fell Knives.
The proper care for your handle will depend on the type of materials used.
For wooden handles; occasional oiling with any food grade oil will keep the wood moist and prolong the life. Dry wood becomes rough, brittle and more likely to crack. Recommended oil is Mineral oil, though walnut, coconut, olive and many others will work wonders too.
For stabilized or hybrid wood handles; No oiling necessary, as the wood has been treated it is almost waterproof, though prolonged exposure to water is not good for it. Occasional waxing with wood finishing product can help bring the colors out.
Bone, horn and antler; No oiling necessary. Optional waxing and buffing to create protective layer. Keep knives in a cool place with relatively stable humidity. Too much change, or too dry a storage place can result in the handle becoming brittle.
If you ever want your knives handles to be polished up and blades sharpened please contact me and we can set that up.