Get Expert Knife Care Tips

Our CFK & IPAK handmade knives are built to last a lifetime when properly cared for. By following these care tips you can be sure that your blade stays in great condition, stays sharp, rust free, and your knife remains functional and beautiful.

Taking care of your knife involves 10 simple steps:

1) Clean the blade:

Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the blade clean of any dirt, debris, or residue. For tougher stains, use a mild soap and warm water to gently scrub the blade. Be sure to dry the blade completely with a clean cloth.

2) Clean the handle:

If the handle is made of wood or other porous material, use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris. Avoid soaking the handle in water, as this can cause the wood to swell or warp. For synthetic handles, use a mild soap and warm water to clean the handle and rinse with clean water.

3) Dry the knife:

Once the blade and handle have been cleaned, dry them completely with a clean, dry cloth. Be sure to remove all moisture from the blade, handle, and any other parts of the knife.

4) Apply oil:

Use a light coat of natural oil on the blade to prevent rusting and corrosion. Be sure to use natural oil, such as olive oil or similar (avoid petroleum based oils). Apply the oil with a clean cloth, being sure to cover the entire blade evenly. Wipe away any excess oil with a clean cloth.

5) Sharpen the blade:

Use a sharpening stone (a diamond wet stone or better) or other sharpening tool to sharpen the blade. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific tool you are using. This does not need to be a lengthy process, but spend a few minutes sharpening your blade after heavy usage improves its effectives and control of the blade.

6) Remove rust/corrosion:

If you do get some rust or corrosion on your knife you can easily polish it away using metal polish compound (such as Flitz metal polish or similar) and a microfiber cloth rag.

7) Clean the sheath:

If your knife has a sheath, use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe it clean of any dirt, debris, or residue. For tougher stains, use a mild soap and warm water to gently scrub the sheath. Be sure to dry the sheath completely with a clean cloth.

8) Store the knife properly:

Store the knife in a dry, cool location. Avoid storing it in a sheath or other container that can trap moisture, as this can cause rust and corrosion. Best stored on a microfiber cloth rag. Leather pulls moisture from the air and can corrode the metal on the knife if stored in the sheath for prolonged periods of time.

9) Use the knife properly:

Always use the knife for its intended purpose and handle it with care. Avoid using the knife on metal surfaces or cutting through nails or other metal items, as this can damage the blade and dull the edge. 

10) Regularly inspect your knife:

Regularly check the knife for signs of wear, damage, or corrosion, and clean and oil the blade as necessary.