Knife Care

Always hand wash & store your knives clean and dry. Stainless steel can rust. The dishwasher will damage your knife—especially the handle.

We make our knives with thin, hard edges, to ensure exceptional performance. That also means that you should take some care to avoid edge damage. For instance, avoid hacking through bones or cutting on hard surfaces like a granite countertop.

Most handle materials will require occasional care to keep their appearance. Mineral oil or paste wax will restore the finish of most woods and synthetic materials. Light rust spots on the blade can be removed with products like Flitz Metal Polish or Barkeepers Friend Soft Polish.

There are many ways to sharpen, but sharpen you must. One of the simplest ways to touch up your edge is by using the Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker.


AEB-L stainless steel comes from Sweden and most razor blades in the world are made from it. It is an excellent cutlery steel—it holds a great edge and is easy to sharpen. AEB-L is one of the toughest (resistance to chipping & cracking) steels in the world. It is a bit less corrosion-resistant than most other stainless steels, so make sure you store it clean and dry, or consider the Cerakote blade coating option to avoid corrosion.

CPM Magnacut Stainless Steel is made in the USA. It has the best combination of corrosion-resistance, edge holding, and toughness, of any knife steel available.

Cerakote is a specialized ceramic coating that provides 100% corrosion-resistance to a knife blade. It will not flake off under any normal use. It will scuff or scratch under some circumstances. It comes in many colors and can be applied in patterns and graphics as well

Micarta is a composite material made from cloth, burlap, linen, paper etc, and resin. It is incredibly strong and durable. Micarta is resistant to water, oil, blood, etc. Most micartas will change appearance over time with exposure to light.

G10 is a high pressure glass fiber laminate material made with layers of woven glass fibers and epoxy resin. It is heat and wear resistant, rigid, durable and water resistant.  G10 is popular due to its durability and "grippiness" when used as a handle material.

The process of stabilizing wood involves drying the wood to get rid of any moisture that it holds. The wood and a stabilizing agent are then placed in a chamber under a vacuum. This removes any air from the pores of the wood and  fills any voids. It is then treated to a period of high pressure which forces the stabilizing agent to completely penetrate the wood. Stabilized woods are moisture resistant, durable and much less prone to warping, chips or cracking than regular wood. This makes it an excellent knife handle material.