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care for your carbon steel
follow these guidelines to get the most out of your Iron Grove Tool Company tools.
Care instructions for Iron Grove Tool Company tools


wash and dry your tools by hand.

the environment inside of a dishwasher can damage wood handles and affect steel's temper. leaving the steel to air dry can cause rusting.


carbon steel will develop a food-safe patina with use.

it is a normal and even sought-after aspect of the material caused by exposure to food acids and oxygen. The story of your knife continues with each use. oil your tools often to help season the steel and encourage their unique patina. any food grade oil will do.

the patina can be removed with by buffing the steel with a fine abrasive sponge or steel wool. 


store your tools in a place that is well ventilated and dry.

we recommend storing dry kitchen knives on a magnetic knife bar, 

hanging other kitchen tools and unsheathing outdoor tools when they are not being carried.


Hone and Sharpen

honing your knives regularly will keep the edge aligned

over time for more efficient cutting. we recommend using steel slick or high-grit ceramic rod with each use.

If a blade is dulled from use, touch it up on a high-grit stone or send it to the shop for our free sharpening services.


Feel free to contact the shop if you have any questions about caring for your carbon steel tools

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