Hi Friends, I picked up a couple of damascus knives on ebay the other day. I've read that to care for the blade use WD-40, vegetable oil, vaseline, etc. Anyone know the best way to keep rust off the blade? How about stag & buffalo horn handles? Thanks, Bernie
It's not the amount of breaths we take in life, but the moments that take our breaths that count.
First, and most important, do not store your Damascus (or any high carbon) knives in their leather sheaths. A sheath is to protect you from the edge while wearing the knife, not for storage.
To clean the knife simply wash in warm soapy water (I like Dawn dish soap), rinse well and dry completely. As soon as the knife is dry it will begin to oxidize. Do not wait to protect the surface. Your list of treatments is fine (although I really don't care for WD-40) and will work along with many knife-specific treatments on the market.
My favorite is Renaissance Wax and I use it to protect the entire knife. This microcrystalline wax-polish is remarkable and a canebrake regular for all my guns and knives.