How to force a patina on carbon steel

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  1. blackanvil

    As a knifemaker, I feel the need to add: you should also neutralize the acid anywhere it isn't easily rinsed off -- just dissolve a bit of baking soda in water and soak like you did the knife. Lightly coat the blade with a good food-safe oil or wax to increase it's rust resistance. Never machine-wash your blade, hand wash with mild detergent, then re-oil the blade. Hone the blade whenever it stops cutting easily. These basics will keep your knife usable for decades.

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