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Fantastic Knives For The Money
I own a number of Old Hickory Knives, and as people have said, they will rust. In addition, some of them come requiring major sharpening and reprofiling. These knives sadly while the best value in cutlery today are not for beginners. You need to know how to sharpen a knife, and you need to understand that all of the best steels will rust except those with high concentrations of Stainless. It should be noted that the USA was founded on these kinds of knives. These exact kinds of knives skinned all the Buffalo and the Steers that were used to feed the USA. However, if you will do your part, these knives will give you a lifetime of superlative service. And, as stated, with use, they will develop a Patina. You can accelerate this process if you choose to with Vinegar or Lemon Juice. Wiping it down on a paper towel with a dab of Olive Oil will keep these blades working forever as they are incredibly easy to sharpen and take on a razor edge. I've coated mine with some Tru-Oil Gunstock Oil on the handles since the handles are made of straight grain walnut, and with people constantly immersing them in water, the handles tend to dry out and crack at the cutlery pins requiring replacement slabs. By sealing them with some form of moisture reducer such as Varnish or Tung Oil or even a generous amount of Boiled Linseed Oil, you can preserve the slabs for a very long time.