How Do You Clean Carbon Steel Knives?


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Carbon steel knives should be hand-washed with mild detergent and dried immediately after washing. They should never be washed in the dishwasher because dishwasher detergent is too harsh for the blades.

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Carbon steel knives are prone to rust, so it is important to always thoroughly dry a carbon steel knife before putting it away to prevent rust from forming. Should rust form, use a kitchen scrubber and warm, soapy water to scrub it away.

Color changes in the blade of a carbon steel knife are common and can be expected. Despite proper care, a blade may turn gray or even black with repeated use.

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