Bird Dog Cutlery knives are made of high carbon steel that provides strength and durability but also holds an edge for a long time. Unlike standard stainless steel blades which are not as strong and will dull quickly, blades should be maintained to avoid rusting and tarnishing. We recommend the following care of your Bird Dog Cutlery.
Blades: keep them clean and dry (do not let air dry – use a dry towel). Periodically use food grade mineral oil or food grade silicone to keep a very light coat of oil across the blade and to prevent rust.
Wood handle: Our handles are finished with tung oil to which, after drying, a thin coat of carnauba wax is applied. If the finish dulls or wears, it can be lightly sanded and light coats of tung oil applied until the desired finish returns.
Sharpening: The Ken Onion Workshop Knife Sharpener, used correctly and only when required, is an excellent tool for maintaining blade sharpness. Other proven processes to sharpen the blade by hand can also be used with proper care.