First introduced in 1924, the Old Hickory® knives are the most venerable product line still in active production. The Old Hickory® knives feature a hardwood handle secured with brass compression rivets to 1095 carbon steel blades that are both very sharp and capable of retaining an edge better than most stainless knives. Proudly manufactured with artisan processes for over 90 years, Old Hickory® has stood the test of time and is proven to be the best carbon steel kitchen cutlery sold today.
USE & CARE
Please note that the Old Hickory knives are made with carbon steel. We have been making Old Hickory since the early 1900's. Carbon steel knives require extra care to prevent rusting and oxidation of the surface. Old Hickory should not be placed in a dishwasher or allowed to soak in a sink. We recommend cleaning the blade with a damp sponge or cloth and dry thoroughly. Some people go a step further and apply a light coating of vegetable oil to the blades surface. If your blade shows signs of rust, use some steel wool to remove it and then apply some oil to the blade. To keep the blade razor sharp, use a honing steel, sometimes referred to as sharpening steel, or sharpening stick. After years of use, the steel blade will develop a patina, a darkening which is desirable and an indication of its age. Old Hickory knives are durable and affordable, but do require special care.
My grandfather was a meatcutter. He didn't let people call him a butcher. The difference is a matter of precision. He taught us that a good knife is well-balanced, not easily bent, and holds an edge. His knives were ugly, not shiny, and he explained that this was because they were made of high-carbon steel.
I have just one of his knives, an Ontario Knife Co. paring knife my grandmother probably bought sometime before World War II. It's everything a knife ought to be, and when I went shopping for a couple of knives recently I looked first to Ontario Knife Co.
I know you didn't want me to write a short story about my family history. I just want you to know how much i appreciate that your knives are made this well of excellent materials at a very reasonable price. Thank you for carrying on this great American tradition.