NEVER, I REPEAT NEVER PUT YOUR KNIFE IN THE DISHWASHER!!!!!! EVER.
High Carbon Steel –
You purchased a High Carbon Steel Knife and these require a decent amount of care. First always make sure your knife is dry and wiped free of any residue that can tarnish the steel. Which is pretty much everything, so always keep it clean. Leaving even a few drops of moisture on it overnight and it will rust. If it does you can use a fine abrasive or a rust eraser to clean it. Apply a thin coat of an oil like Olive or Tsubaki oil when stored away.
Axe Wax is a great protective coating for both blade and handle as it is food safe, you can visit and order here https://axewax.us/
There is also a spray sold by Aegis Solutions that is non-toxic and highly recommended for knife care very simple spray on, wipe off solution you can Visit them at https://aegissolutionsusa.com/
Over time your knife being High Carbon will form what is called a Patina. It will form a used look from different acidic foods on the steel, do not confuse it with corrosion as this can actually help protect your knife. To see what a Patina is head over to Google and do a search.
Damascus Steel –
Damascus Steel is High Carbon unless stated otherwise for your order. It should be cared for in the exact same way as High Carbon above.
Stainless Steel –
Stainless Steel is corrosion and rust resistant not that it will never rust. So just like any steel you should always keep it dry and clean from residue from food or even fingerprints. You can use the same oil or spray listed above to keep it protected.
When storing your knife you should always consider protecting the edge. Do not store in a drawer with other utensils or tools as this could damage your edge or the knife itself. You can get inexpensive plastic edge protectors from Amazon for knives or a magnet to hang the knife.
If you do not know the reason to keep it out of the dishwasher I shall enlighten you. Your knife has been heat treated and tempered at specific temperatures to ensure a hardness for the edge. A hot dishwasher can destroy the temper and you will now have a knife that will not stay sharp. It can also cause the handle to come loose or crack. Not only will the heat affect your knife badly but putting it into a dishwasher it will bash around with other utensils and damage your knife. So take the time and just hand wash it, use mild soap and water with a sponge to keep it nice and clean. Then dry completely with a towel and oil if being put away.
Thank You for purchasing a knife from us, I hope it brings you many years of use and happiness. This will be an item you can pass down from generation to generation. I appreciate every single person that allows me to build something so special for them. I look forward to working with you again in the future!