- Joined Apr 3, 2008
I will keep this in mind thank youTakeda makes some great knives. Try a baking soda slurry rub down. Also 3M 3000 grit wet dry automotive sandpaper to take off some rust as it shows up. For forcing a patina cutting a bunch of meat is good.
Other maintenance tips
-I would stay away from honing steels. It's not necessary and you could get chipping
-wash it tip down so water doesnt get in the handle
-mineral oil/ beeswax can help repel water from the handle
Thanks yes it’s a beautiful gift. Can I use any kind of oil or must it be mineral oil? As for sharpening, there is a professional knife sharpener in my area I like to patronize.You can get a "rust eraser" maybe at Korin since you're in NYC. It works well to remove rust and not mess with the kurouchi finish too much. If you can't find one PM me I might have a spare floating around. The other thing is after washing and drying try a little mineral oil on the blade especially if you go out of town. Even relative humidity will cause carbon to rust.
Takeda's are well made knives his metallurgy is top shelf and you were well gifted. The next thing will be stones to keep it tip top and then hours of watching Youtube videos on sharpening technique - welcome to the rabbit hole - LOL.