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Care of "Carbon Steel" knives

oryza | Sep 13, 2008 12:49 PM

I've queried about my vintage (sadly rusted) Sabatier 4-star knife found at an estate sale, but now I would like some advice about caring for it after I restore it (carefully).

This is my first high carbon knife; I've only ever had experience with stainless until now. I did a Google search on caring for it, and turned up information on "patina." Can anyone tell me what that is/looks like? How do I care for it? What is a good patina and a bad patina? (This one is coated with rust which, I imagine, falls under "bad".

Thanks in advance!

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