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First carbon steel knife

Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:29 am

I want to buy a Takeda but I am a little concerned about carbon steel and the maintenance? Is the effort of the carbon worth it, what do I do if the steel rusts a little. Will it ruin the finish to remove the rust? This would be my first carbon steel blade.

Re: First carbon steel knife

Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:24 am

It's easy to care for. Just wash the knife and dry it off completely after you use it. You want to avoid having acids or water lay on the blade for extended periods of time. So, don't wash and let it drip dry. Don't cut up an onion or orange and then leave the blade with the food on it for a half hour before you return to a rusty knife.

If you do get some rust on the blade it's super easy to rectify. I use bar keepers friend and you just scrub it off.

The black kurouchi finish will eventually come off so if you scrub the knife this will happen more quickly. If you like it use a soft sponge when you wash the knife. I actually like the looks when it's removed but it takes a long time if you don'e take it off with a wire brush.

Takeda's knives are great fun to own and use. I've hooked more people than I can count on good knives after they tried just one of his knives. You'll see....

Re: First carbon steel knife

Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 am

I would say that Takeda KU finish is as good as it gets. Very tough, and will not be harmed by light scrubbing. Worth the money, especially in retrospect of all the recent price hikes in the knife world...

It's profile is a bit quirky, though...
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