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 1075 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.
The knife I received had been edged from only one side, this made it a real nightmare to get a fine edge on it. With that being said, old hickory knives with their carbon steel blades will always be superior in my books. Yes they rust, and it doesn't matter how much you attempt to defeat that fact, it does happen. But rust is easily removed and if the knife is used on a daily basis or so, it really isn't a problem anyhow. Once sharp, a carbon steel blade, if sharpened correctly can be honed on a leather strap quickly and easily to bring the razor edge back when it dulls. So all in all, I would highly recommend them.
Sent the paring knives to my sister as a gift. These were the ONLY knives used by our grandma and Aunts when cooking family meals. Funny how a set of knives can bring back so many fond memories.
The fact they are such good knives at such a good price tells you why they've withstood the test of time.