How To Care for a Carbon Steel Knife
- 2 clean dishcloths
- Warm , soapy water
- Clean dishtowel
- Mineral oil
- Sharpening steel
Hone your knife: The easiest way to keep your knife centered is to hone it before each use.
Wipe your knife: Use a clean dishcloth to wipe down your knife while you're cooking — especially after cutting acidic foods.
Wash your knife: Use a soft cloth to wash your knife in a sink of warm, soapy water. Never put your knife in a sink full of dishes or — gasp! — the dishwasher.
Hand-dry your knife: This should be done immediately after washing with a clean dishtowel.
Rub with mineral oil. If you notice any rust spots, rub a light layer of mineral oil and let dry.
Store knife: A plastic sheath, magnetic knife strip, or drawer insert are all appropriate.