Care & Maintenance of Knives

A Dull Knife is a Dangerous One.
What good a knife will do when it is inefficient to do its task?
Dull knives injure when resistance suddenly gives way, leading to large pent up energies accelerating the knife into flesh, leading to deep cuts and gouges. This occurs, largely independent of the knife skills of the holder.
Even if you maintain your knife well, in many cases a bit of rust is unavoidable. It’s not a big problem really. A bit of mineral oil and some used sandpaper is all you need to clean it up.
Let’s see some of the ways which can help you maintain your knives at their utmost condition.

Regular Application of Quality Oil
Tarnishing is a normal property of carbon steel and cannot be avoided. Applying a couple of drops of any quality oil or silicon treatment to the blade with a soft all cotton cloth will provide excellent protection. A good wax is also excellent protection.

Keep safe from spots
Check your knives often for possible trouble spots. If any stains appear, try removing the stain with a standard metal cleaner or polish.

Cleaning after Use
Blades of most stainless steels used in knives are not rustproof but are rust or stain resistance. So therefore stainless steel blades should still be kept clean and wiped dry after use.

Smear them off
Keep the blades dry and wipe fingerprints and moisture off, after use, with a soft cotton cloth or chamois. This is particularly important with blades of high carbon steel.

Safeguard against Oxidation
Rust and corrosion occur most often due to the absence of proper maintenance, so the best defense against oxidation or rusting is to keep your tool clean and well-oiled.

Knives are meant to be SHARP
Knives have to be sharpened on regular basis

Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Never expose the knife handle to extreme heat. Leaving the handle on the top of a hot oven, range or under heat lamps may melt or otherwise damage the handle.
That’s why it said that if you want to use your tools at their full potential, maintenance takes priority over others. Modern knife steel is very high quality material, but all metal corrodes through time. Moisture and fingerprints are the prime villains to avoid. Occasionally oil the joints and springs of a pocket knife with a drop or two of oil. This will assure easier opening and closing and will prevent rust and lessen wear.

Arnab Ganguly

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