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At HH&H we believe that with proper care and maintenance your tool could outlast both your lifetime, and that of who you pass it on to. Each HH&H item comes with a basic care tag with information on how to keep your knife, hatchet, or axe in great condition.

For all wood handled items we make, we apply a few layers of finishing to seal the wood. Often we will use linseed oil or wax, that is buffed out to either a dull shine, or high gloss. With use, these finishes will inevitably fade, but can be reattained easily with additional oiling and if  you have access, buffing with a hand buffing pad or buffing wheel.

Blade Care

Because all the reclaimed steel we use is High Carbon Steel, this means it is subsceptible to rusting if kept wet. The advantages of carbon steel are that it is a softer steel that can be sharpened and honed easily to produce cutting edges like no other. Famous and world renouned knifemakers from europe and Japan have, and continue to use High Carbon steels for their knives becuase of this, and naturally because they can be sharpened to such a fine edge, they are favoured among many cooks and chefs alike.

It is ineviatble that at some point your knife may develop some rust, here is what we suggest to remedy the situation and help to prevent further instances of rust:


1. Use a green scotchbrite pad with soap and water, scour the blade  lightly as needed to remove the rust being careful to mind the edge.

2. Rinse the blade off, and dry well.

3. Apply mineral oil, or Knife oil to both the blade and handle, remove excess oil and store the knife away from excessive moisture.

* If your leather sheath for your Forest Knife becomes wet, allow it to dry free from the knife before prolonged storage.


1. During use, many chef's can be seen cleaning their knife as they slice

different foods. This helps to keep any food and wetness from clinging to the blade for prolonged periods, and also serves as a reminder to clean the blade regularly.

2. Wash the blade carefully with soap and a scotchbrite pad if needed, dry well and store the blade away from water.


4. Do not leave knives immersed in water for long persiods of time.

5. Oil your knife from time to time, this keeps moisture away from the knife and handle.

6. Sharpen and polish your knife as needed, anyone can do it we swear!

Over time your knife will darken and develop its own natural patina with successive coats of oil and general use.... we think that such a patina is a point of pride and history of that tool and should be regarded only as natural beauty... of course you can remove that patina with polishing and sharpening.


Sharpening either an axe or a knife is an important skill, and is something we won’t attempt to fully explain on this website. There are plenty of online resources, and we encourage you to take a course at a local knife shop to really get to know both your blade, and sharpening devices. But don't be alarmed! Knife sharpening is something anyone can learn and it is quite easy to get the hang of.

At HH&H we recommend traditional sharpening stones known as “waterstones” or “whetstones” made for knives or axes. At HH&H we believe that a sharp blade should be respected, but a sharp blade is also a safe blade! Well-priced Waterstones can be found easily at Lee Valley and other local knife shops. An excellent alternative is purchasing a small Diamond Hone, these easy to carry sharpeners are available at most outdoor or craft specialty shops. Axe and Hatchet stones for rough sharpening are also easy to find, you can even use a file to start a rough edge on an axe before honing with a much finer stone. As noted above, we do not currently provide instruction on how to sharpen blades, but many local shops provide great classes, and we assure you, it really isn’t hard once you learn! In fact, we consider it a rewarding and relaxing


A whetstone or waterstone

A 2 sided diamond knife hone

An Axe or Hatchet Stone

* HH&H does not assume any responsibility whatsoever for injury, damage or bodily harm caused by or from the use of one of our products, you the user is responsible to educate yourself in proper blade handling, and respectful use.

Two Nagura stones used to make a mud or slurry on harder stones to speed the sharpening and polishing process.

Scotchbrite Pads

Food Safe, non-scented

Mineral Oil