To help maintain the condition of your 5 knife, there are only a few basic things you need to do.


Keep your knife dry

This one is important. Unless you stay ahead of the game, moisture can be the enemy. Once the blade has built up a patina, it is far more forgiving. But remember, a fresh Damascus steel blade will begin to rust when it comes into contact with water. Avoid leaving the knife in water or resting the blade on damp surfaces such as a tea towel or washing cloth. Keep this in mind, and your knife will thank you.

Hand wash your knife

Cleaning your knife is straightforward. Rinse it under running water and wipe with a lightly soaped dish sponge. Once clean, give it a final rinse to remove any residue. Once it’s cleaned, dry immediately with a soft towel and apply a light coating of oil to the blade.

Apply oil to blade after cleaning

We recommend applying mineral oil, as it is food safe and readily available. When oiling a blade, a common mistake is to use olive oil, but beware; it can go rancid (and nobody wants that, right).


Knives should never go in the dishwasher as the detergent is far too abrasive. Coupled with the constant rattling and movement during a wash cycle, it will take the sharp edge off your knife and be to the detriment of its long term performance.

Maintain the edge

Learning how to sharpen your knives is an essential cooking skill. A sharp knife does a far better job of cutting or slicing food. It also allows you to work faster, safer and with precision. Remember, sharpened knives need less force to cut than dull knives, so we recommend sharpening before each use. It’s a useful and simple habit that will benefit performance.

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