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Caring for your Japanese Chef Knife

Caring for your Japanese Chef Knife Japanese chef knives need a little more care than your regular off the shelf knives. But don't be afraid, looking after them is easier than you think.So you’ve taken the plunge and bought your first ‘real’ chef knife. As you gaze at it with a smile, it can be somewhat daunting to use your Japanese chef knife for the first time. As with all high-performance tools, your new knife will need some love and...

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The Patina – marks on your new knife

Why are there marks on my new knife? It may come as a shock to some to find stains and marks on your new expensive knife. So what are they and why do they appear?One of the most common questions we get asked following the purchase of a new Japanese chef knife are the dark marks that can appear on high carbon steel blades.These marks don't wash away, and can result in discolouration that lasts for the life of the...