Thanks for pointing out the towel Doug! Shammy works fine...tho, I may need one of those Zaino's someday for something else...
Todd, I'm very sorry I upset you.
I wasn't purposely calling you lazy and trying to tell you what to do with your knife....or anyone else.
I was more, protesting the information which is (default) offered to new users, when it comes to this issue.
ie: "How can I remove the stuff on my new knife?" (common question) - answer - "You can't...it's good for the knife anyway"
That really doesn't answer my question does it? and besides, it's backwards to how these knives are traditionally treated.
Does that make any sense?
I have a lot of respect for the time these guys put into making their knives. When I buy the knife, It's kinda like...it sorta still belongs to Fujiyama...even tho it is my knife...
and if I let it patina and rust, than I'm kinda insulting his work, his time, the polisher's time...and all the generations of skilled artisans in their families before them.
There are differences between rust and patina. Water makes rust, acid makes patina.