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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How can I get a custom blade or sheath made?
    By going into the "Contact Us" section of the website and filling out a free "Request a Quote" form by detailing exactly what you want or need.
  • What is the best way to take care of a carbon steel blade so that it doesn't rust?
    Keep your knife clean and dry after use. Keep a layer of oil on the blade between use. Store in a dry place when not in use. Allowing a blade to develop a patina will prevent rust from developing.
  • My blade has changed color, but it's not rust. Is this ok?
    A patina is a natural protective layer on carbon steels that protects the blade from further oxidation and gives it a look of rough finish. It is produced by the oxidation of steel surface and this process is even quicker if a knife comes into contact with various acids. Cutting fruits or vegetables that are acidic will cause carbon steel to take on a grey color. The patina is safe to use for food products and will protect your blade from rusting.
  • My knife has rusted. How do I save it?
    All RKF blades can be sent back for restoration for a small fee and the delivery costs. If you have a blade that is not an RKF product, we will still be happy to help for a higher restoration fee and the delivery costs. If you want to try to do it yourself, there's a lot of videos and information available online to help. Vinegar is your friend for minor and more severe cases of rust on a blade. Allowing your blade to soak in vinegar for 10 min to several hours (depending on the severity) and then scrubbing with fine steel wool will "eat" away the rust and leave behind a clean surface. for minor rusting, my preference is to use Filtz Metal Polish with extra fine steel wool by lathering the blade with the polish and scrubbing out the rust. The polish also protects the blade from future rusting. The most important thing is that after you remove the rust, add on a layer of oil or renaissance wax to protect the blade from future rusting.
  • What is the best way to store a carbon steel knife?
    A carbon steel knife needs to be stored in a dry place. If it's a blade that you use only once in a while, such as your annual deer hunting trip with your buds, the blade needs a heavier coat of knife oil or renaissance wax and should be kept out of its sheath. This is to prevent any stored moisture in your leather sheath from affecting your steel. If it's a blade that you use frequently, then you should be maintaining it frequently with cleaning and oil before placing it in your sheath.
  • What are some food safe oil options for my carbon steel knife?
    Spraying WD-40 or a gun oil onto your kitchen knife set is toxic and could get you or a loved one sick. Renaissance Wax, beeswax and orange oil, or olive oil are great options for your cutlery. Please keep in mind that food oils such as olive oil or canola oil can go rancid over time so you may need to clean your knife before use if it's been sitting in the drawer a long time with one of these oils on it. A really affordable and beneficial option is cutting board oil found at hardware and woodworking stores. They're food safe mineral oils that don't spoil and can help keep the handle beautiful as well. At the end of it all, make sure that you use a food safe knife oil on blades that you intend to have in contact with your food.
  • How can I inquire about wholesale and larger orders?
    For large inquires, please use the custom order form to request a larger order of a given model. Please include the model, desired handle, steel finish, and quantity.
  • I want to learn to do what you do. How can I sign up for a class?
    There is not currently a set schedule for classes. Please use the contact us link to ask about class availability and pricing. If I'm not able to work with you and your schedule, I will at the very least help point you in the direction of other smiths that may have more availability.
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