Maintenance

To sharpen your knife

Aiguisage

  • For a blade that requires a fine sharpening or simple touch-up, use a natural fine-grain sharpening stone (between 800 and 1000 grains).
  • For a dull blade, start with a natural rough-grain sharpening stone (between 400 and 600 grains) then finish with a natural fine-grain sharpening stone (between 800 and 1000 grains).
  • Always use a light vegetal oil while sharpening. The oil dissipates material residues and helps keep the stone clean to reduce friction heat and facilitate movement.
  • Hold your knife by the handle with the blade facing away from you and lean the blade on the stone at an angle between 20 and 25 degrees (see diagram below).
  • Push the blade forward with a smooth motion. At the end of the movement, lift the blade off the stone to return to your starting position.
  • Switch to the other side of the blade, switching hands position and repeat the movement. Alternate between each stroke making sure to sharpen each side of the blade for an even number of strokes.
  • Always apply a medium force on the blade. Using too much force might damage the stone and create excessive material deposit on the edge of the blade.

Maintenance of the blade

Following each use, clean the blade with a moist soft rag then immediately dry with a towel. You might notice a slight oxidation and even small speckles of rust if the blade has not been cleaned properly. In that case, you can use polishing products sold in hardware stores.

Maintenance of the handle

Our knives are crafted from stabilized exotic hard woods such as ebony and cocobolo. Use a cold damp rag to humidify the handle then immediately dry with another rag. If the finish of your handle become dull, you can rub the handle with a rag slightly dipped in olive oil, linseed dodder or bees wax. Never wash the knife in a dishwasher.

Maintenance of the leather sheath

We recommend using mink oil to maintain the leather supple and to make it waterproof. Using a soft brush (horse hair or silk), remove dirt and debris lodged in the leather. Make sure the leather is dry then apply some mink oil (read the manufacturer’s instructions) and make it penetrate using circular motions. Let dry. Using a rag, rub in a reciprocating motion to harden the grease. Finish the polishing using an ultra-soft rag.