CareReRoot creates tools that are intended to be used. The more you use your tools, the more abuse they tend to endure. Over time, they'll continue looking and functioning their best when you take some time to take care of them. The more care you put into maintaining these tools, the longer they will last. These tools can last for generations! If not properly cared for, they'll last only a fraction of that time. Here are some care and maintenance tips for prolonging the life of the tools that we've made for you.
ReRoot makes kitchen knives from high-carbon steel. This steel will stain and rust if left in prolonged contact with water. Keep your steel and handles dry. Use a soft cloth to dry your knives after use, then apply small amounts of food safe oil and wipe off the excess. When not in use, store your knife in a safe place. The knife can be hung from the hollow pin in its handle, or secured to something like a magnetic knife holder. The knife handles have been stabilized, oiled with natural oils, and buffed with beeswax. If the handle dries out from washing, simply rub more oil into the handle, let it soak for a few hours, wipe off excess oil, then buff in some beeswax.
ReRoot makes camp and bushcraft knives from high-carbon steel. This steel will stain and rust if left in prolonged contact with water. Keep your steel and wooden handles dry. Dry your knives after using them and make sure the leather sheath doesn't get soaked through with water. Dry it in the sun if it does. Small amounts of oil should be worked into metal and wood from time to time. Buffing beeswax into the wood afterwards will protect it even more. The leather sheath can be oiled and waxed.
*If storing for a long period of time, we would recommend taking the knife out of the sheath.
Do not let wooden knives soak in water. If knife begins to dry out, treat wood with natural oils and beeswax.
Keep steel as dry as possible. Treat steel occasionally with mineral oil and wipe off excess. Leather sheath can be oiled and waxed.
Occasionally work oil and beeswax into cedar handle. Replenish your supply of birch bark bit by bit, and keep an eye out for wounded conifers...they will resupply you!
Apply oil and beeswax to wood whenever there are signs of drying out. Otherwise, just keeping combing - the natural oils in your hair will treat the wood pretty damn well.