Do all carbon knives develop a protective patina?

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by SkipII, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. SkipII

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    I was looking at a Masahiro Virgin Caron santuko, but the belly of the blade is not quite flat enough for that I need. So, that opens me up to consider other carbon knives. The merchant (Knife Merchant o fSan Diego) said the knife develops a nice patina after a few uses, this avoiding staining of things like onions. That matters to me since that is one of my main uses.

    Is that unique to the Masahiro or can I expect other carbon knives to do the same?
     
  2. brianshaw

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    All carbon blades will eventually get a patina. But likely it will take “more than a few uses”. Some people force a patina... there are plenty of threads on that if you search. I don’t see the point other than to avoid the awkward stage, which can be uneven, as the patina develops into a “nice” patina.

    But some staining is inevitable so if that’s not okay it might be best to consider a stainless steel.
     
  3. benuser

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    All carbons do develop a patina, most need a bit of help before the patina got installed and the steel calmed down, which is not the same.
    Have you thought about a stainless nakiri? I've used a Ryusen Blazen with yo-handle and an almost symmetric SG-2 blade. Would solve your profile, asymmetry and rust problems at once.
     
  4. SkipII

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    Thanks. I have a stainless nikiri. I want to try going carbon with a different blade.
     
  5. brianshaw

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    You should try carbon steel. Just resign yourself to the fact that staining happens and the blade will look “used” and you’ll be quite pleased with the performance.
     
  6. benuser

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    In that case the Masahiro VC are great to start with. Excellent steel, settles fast, affordable, lefty version available.
     
  7. mike9

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    If the belly is not flat enough you can flatten it on stones over a few sharpenings.
     
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    The Tanaka blue 2 is top notch and affordable, looks flatter. But the profile of the Masahiro is upswept, this tends to exaggerate curvature.