I stand behind all my work 100% with the exception of abuse and natural handle materials. Natural handle materials are subject to movement, contraction and expansion and, as such, cannot be guaranteed. Please contact me if there are any issues and we can decide on a solution.
Never use knives to pry, dig, or chop. Get a pry bar, shovel or axe instead.
The weakest part of any knife is usually the tip, which happens to be the most abused part! Take care of the tip, and the rest of the blade will follow.
I do not make throwing knives, so please do not use them as such. This is not covered by any warranty or guarantee and is considered abuse.
Carbon steel will rust if not cared for. To prevent rust, do not store your knife in its leather sheath. The chemicals used in tanning of leather sometimes react with moisture in the air.
The best storage method is give your blade a light coat of mineral oil and wrap it in a soft cloth. Use the sheath only when you are using or wearing the knife. Wipe off the oil before using. For very long term storage, store your knife with the sheath, not in it!
Do not wash your hand-made knife in a dishwasher. Wash by hand in warm soapy water; do not let it soak in the water. Dry immediately, don’t leave it to drain in the drying rack.
Wood handles usually benefit from a light coating of wax or oil. I often use linseed oil to protect wood handles. Contact me with any questions you may have.
If rust spots appear, rub the blade with a metal polish like Brasso or a very fine (0000) steel wool, then oil the blade.
Don’t confuse rust with a patina or stain that may appear on your knife after cutting something acidic. This is normal and adds to the character of your knife.
Do not use oil with silicon in it as this can cause rust. The silicon traps moisture against the steel and rust will form. It will eventually pit the blade!
Do not leave knives and sheaths in direct sun or high heat. Ultraviolet light oxidizes wood. Heat bakes the protective oils out of most hardwoods and weakens adhesive bonds. Prolonged exposure to the sun and heat can also destroy knife sheaths.
Do not use any kind of oil on the sheaths; this will cause them to soften, weakening their protective function, softening glues, sealants, and dyes.
Carbon steel knives can last for hundreds of years if properly cared for. Leave an heirloom for your descendants.