Care & Use
Many hours have gone into creating your new knife, box, knife block or stand. In order to maintain the exquisite beauty of the wood and the ultra-sharp edge of our blades, we recommend following the care and use guidelines on this page for routine service, sharpening, cutlery care and wood care.
Cutlery Care & Use
Wash knives individually by hand using warm, soapy water, and dry immediately. Use only gentle, non-abrasive soaps and soft clothes or sponges. Harsh detergents, scouring, scrubbing or using abrasive materials can scratch your finish.
IMPORTANT: Prolonged contact with water can damage the finish, the handle, and could cause certain blades to rust. Do NOT soak. Do NOT put any cutlery pieces in the dishwasher. Doing so will void your warranty; however, if damage occurs, please contact us for repair options.
Wash all cutlery before first use with warm soapy water to remove any residual cleaning product residue.
To maintain the luster of your handles, periodically rub on a light layer of tung oil (available in most hardware stores). Contact us for tips and assistance for this process.
To maintain and prolong the edge between sharpening, strop lightly at a 15-20 degree angle with a fine grit ceramic sharpening rod after each use. All blades require periodic sharpening as routine maintenance. We recommend sharpening with a whet stone or natural stone rather than electric sharpeners. Some electric sharpeners can cause irremovable scratches on blades; we cannot warranty scratches caused by sharpeners and, therefore, do not recommend their use at all.
We are happy to offer low-cost professional sharpening services to our customers, or we can provide recommendations for a professional sharpening service in your area.
Our blades our extremely sharp! Use caution when handling!
Keep knives out of reach of children at all times!!
Tips for Carbon-Forged Blades
Always dry immediately after use. To prevent black marks or rust, we advise coating with a thin coat of oil during storage. Camellia oil, walnut oil, clove oil, lavender oil, or extra virgin olive oil work best applied to the cleaned, dried blade.
Alternatively, store your knife (completely dry after washing) in a rust protective paper like you will receive with your knife.
If you do get rust on your knife, immediately wash with soapy water to remove excess rust and avoid pitting, then contact us for additional help.
An easy way to remove rust is with a silicone spray like CLP Rust Protector or WD40; wash thoroughly and dry afterwards. A light stropping with your ceramic sharpening rod will often remove rust marks along the edge as will a maintenance sharpening. Commercially-made rust removers can scratch your finish.
The best way to deal with rust is through proper maintenance and prevention. If you do get black marks or rust, your blade will continue to function and is safe to use.
Do's and Don'ts
Do NOT use electric sharpeners or diamond steel sharpeners for powder metal die steel blades! Doing so may cause these blades to chip.
NOTE ON BONES: Japanese grind, general purpose chef knife blades are not designed to chop or cut through bone. Doing so may cause damage and will void your warranty. We strongly recommend purchasing a cleaver, deba, or large fish knife to serve this culinary function.
Your warranty does not cover damage caused by using blades for other than their intended purpose. Do NOT use tip to pry open jars or frozen foods. Do NOT use a Japanese blade to chop frozen foods.
Boxes & Stands
Our presentation boxes, racks, stands, and jewelry boxes achieve their lustrous finish through hours of hand-rubbing a hard-paste finishing oil-based wax into the wood. Unless specifically requested, we do not use varnish on our woods.
We recommend caring for your box or stand as you would any piece of fine furniture by dusting and polishing periodically with any fine wood wax-based product. We suggest “Town Talk” orange or lavender fine furniture wax, or “Renaissance Wax.” In between waxing, dust with clean dry cloth.
Do NOT spray liquid dusting products directly onto wood surfaces; dulling may occur. If this happens, please contact us for tips on restoring the original luster.
Keep boxes and stands away from excessive heat or moisture. Never store in direct sunlight.
We offer lifetime complimentary luster refreshing services on any Salter Fine Cutlery wood product and special rates to our clients on product refinishing services. Contact us for details.
Tips for keeping stands or boxes on kitchen counter tops
We suggest choosing a display location away from stove tops to prevent dulling of the finish due to cooking steam and grease. When cleaning counters, be wary of wiping wet sponges or rags along the base of stands to prevent the repeated contact with moisture as it may dull the stand. The bottom of each stand has been lined with cork to prevent sliding as well as to prevent water from damaging the bottom of your stand. Never let wood sit in standing water or on hot stove tops.
CAUTION: Always wash boards and blades thoroughly after cutting or chopping raw meat or fish to avoid cross contamination of food-borne bacteria that can cause illness.
Our blades are extremely sharp! Always keep knives away from children. Always handle with care.
Our products are heirloom quality, and with proper care and maintenance they will be beautiful and functional for a lifetime. We welcome your specific questions to help you get the most use and enjoyment from your purchase. Please contact us if you need additional information or assistance.
We service what we sell!
To ensure the lustrous finish of your wood boxes, stands and handles remain as beautiful years from now as they are today, we offer complimentary lifetime 'refreshing' of any of our custom Salter Fine Cutlery wood products. Shipping or return shipping not included. If your product requires re-sanding, repair, or re-sealing, labor charges will apply, though the oil application will be complimentary. Contact us for more details.
Salter Fine Cutlery also offers professional sharpening services and blade repair services for all of your knives. While we offer a lifetime guaranty on our products, extensive service or repairing damage to one of our knives caused by misuse is charged at a nominal hourly rate. Shipping is not included. Please contact us for more information and pricing on our sharpening, repair and refreshing services.
Complimentary handle and bolster refreshing on any Salter Fine Cutlery product is provided during any sharpening or repair services to our Salter Fine Cutlery clients only.
Please note that our warranty is only valid on products sold by Salter Fine Cutlery to you.
No warranty is implied or given to any of our products which may have been sold by anyone else. We do NOT hire outside sales agents, nor do we authorize any person to sell products under our name, PERIOD.