Understanding the steel
I work with predominantly high-carbon steels. Unless I specified otherwise, it is safe to assume your Fell Knife is 1095 or 01 high carbon steel. I use these high carbon steels for their superior edge retention in comparison to stainless steels and the fact I can forge them with traditional, non-electric methods
use and cleaning
Because Fell Knives are made with High Carbon steels they are prone to patina and rust. Patina is your friend, it is a grayish blue tint with occasional faint yellows and browns, you will begin to see it grow as you use the knife, it helps protect the blade from rust. Rust will form on the knife if 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 dull blade. Immediately after cleaning your knife towel dry and keep it stored in a dry place.
- Do not put your Fell Knives in the dishwasher ever.
- Do not leave your Fell Knives in the sink ever.
- Do not leave your Fell Knives in the drying rack.
The proper care for your handle will be depending 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 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.
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.