Caring for Your Knife

Your Red Shed Knife is an investment that you’ll want to last for a long time. That said, as the knife’s owner, it’s incumbent upon you to care for it in a way that will ensure it’s longevity, usefulness, and beauty.


Caring for your blade

We craft our knives with high carbon steel and stainless steels. Feel free to ask if you are unsure which your knife is made from.

Stainless Steel is not waterproof, it stains (rusts) less than carbon steel but it can rust if neglected.

High Carbon steel is a great choice for edge retention and toughness but require a little more care than stainless steel. Essentially, keep it oiled and keep it dry are the rules to keeping carbon steel knives.

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep your Red Shed Knives blade in top shape:

  • Clean and dry your knife after each use.
  • Never stick your blade into a fire or other heat source. This will ruin the blade’s temper and make it soft and useless. 
  • Apply a light coating of oil periodically.
    • Cooking oils are fine for use on our knives (vegetable, olive, sunflower, or canola oil)
    • Light machine oil can also be uses (you can use the same oil you use for sharpening)
    • In a pinch, chapstick can be used if in the field.

If you don’t maintain it as noted above, and you develop light rust spots, gently scrub them away with 000 steel wool.


For larger rust spots, use emery paper – starting with 400 grit and moving up to 800 grit. You may want to follow up with a fine-abrasive metal polish like Brasso. If you are uncomfortable doing so, ship it back to me and I can take care of this for you, likely for no charge unless there is significant damage. 


Be sure to oil you blade when you are done with these steps.


A few do’s and dont’s

  • Do use your knife as intended (it is not a crowbar, screwdriver, or shovel)
  • Don’t wash your knife in the dishwasher
  • Don’t leave your knife “to soak” in water
  • Don’t store your blade in a wet sheath
  • Do keep your knife sharp, a sharp knife is safer than a dull one


Caring for your Kydex sheath

Your Kydex sheath is extremely tough and very low-maintenance. There are just a few things to keep in mind:

  • Keep the inside of your sheath clean and dry.
  • When bringing your sheathed knife indoors from cold weather conditions, remove your knife from the sheath until the steel is room temperature. Extreme temperature changes can result in condensation and the moisture may result in rust spots on your blade.
  • While some people suggest oiling the inside of the sheath with oil, we do not. Oil attracts dirt and grit that may damage your blade.
  • Under normal conditions your sheath should not deform, however, we do suggest you not place it in areas of extremely high temperatures (the dashboard of your vehicle in a heat wave, a fire, etc.).