The steel in the blades is old Sheffield tool steel, not your typical modern steel alloy or stainless steel so most importantly if left in a wet environment it will pick up surface rust. Not unlike an old Sabatier or current artisan chefs knives. So please wipe it down with a hot cloth or if necessary wash in soapy water and dry immediately. Apply a little cooking oil if not in regular use. I treat the handles with linseed oil, giving it a nice waterproof finish. It will benefit from a light re-application from time to time. Do not put your knife through the dishwasher as this will damage the handle and the blade. Your knife can be sharpened on a stone if you wish and it will hold a very sharp edge but I think the edge I have set is more than sharp enough for cheese.

The Appleby with Hawthorn Wood Handle

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Product code: 1.appleby

Named after the Appleby Family. Paul and Sarah Appleby are the current custodians producing amazing Cheshire and Double Gloucester cheese in north Shropshire. They produce there cheeses, raw milk and extraordinary whey butter from there only milking herd. They also dabble with curing meats, pressing apples and much more! True artisan producers, and worth name holders for this beautiful knife design.

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