So I've had my Richmond Laser AS for about 5 days now; and about two days ago some blue-black spots began to appear near the edge of the knife on both sides [where the stainless steel cladding ends.] This sent me into a bit of a panic and after some 'googlin' I surmised that it was an oxidation that is naturally occurring in carbon steel; Still, I have been wary of any development or worsening in the knifes condition since oxidation is a precursor to rust.
I have been giving my knife a final inspection before bed and in the morning after I wake up, in order to observe any changes. And I was horrified to discover this morning that my knife was in this state, this morning:
However, the condition of the other side of the knife is unchanged from how it was last night after I finished inspecting it.
I have been taking good care of the knife, so why is this even happening? Much less to just one side?
If the task I'm working in a particularly lengthy one, I'll wipe it down throughout the job. Otherwise, at the end of a task I run the knife under warm water and maybe some soap to clean it, then I dry it with a cloth rag or napkin/paper towel, I then run my fingers down by the edge to feel for any residual moisture or food particulates. Is this a bad process? Is the warm water/soap harmful to my knife? I wouldn't think so, considering the wash I give it is as quick and thorough as I can get it. Not to be insulting to Mark Richmond, but is it possible that the knife I got has some sort of defect?
Sad as it sounds, this knife is one of the nicest things I own and I'm upset that despite my best efforts my I'm unable to preserve the integrity of the knife. Am I making some sort of rookie mistake here? Apparently touching the blade is a no-no as well due to your finger oils, maybe it's that? I've been researching ways to clean rust from a knife, some say to use a metal polisher or vinegar but others say that will compromise my knife entirely? I've seen a product called "Bar Keepers Friend" mentioned around these forums a few times. Should I get some of that, is it safe to use on the carbon steel?
Can I sharpen the rust off, I've heard you can? I don't even have the appropriate steel for my knife yet, much less good quality sharpening stones.
Now if I'm able to return my knife to it's original condition, whats the best way to preserve it? I was thinking of introducing some light vegetable or olive oil to my Saya, which will keep the knife lubricated and I'm hoping it will prevent rust? Or will that simply worsen my situation? I'd rather not do that, thanks.
The area I live in is not seriously humid, I keep the knife sheathed regularly but admittedly I did forget to sheath is last night, I left it lying in the box it came it.
I don't mean to sound to panicked, I just really like this knife and it would be a crying shame for it to go to hell after such a short period of ownership. Being out 200 dollars would suck as well. I could really use some advice at this point, please.