Here are the three laws of knife care. Know them, live them, love them. Also, see the link to a good page on knife care at the bottom of the page from our friends at www.knifecenter.com.
1. KEEP IT SHARP
Keep your knife sharp all the time. This is rule #1 for a reason. There are many tools and techniques for keeping your knife sharp; learn the one that works best for you. You should sharpen your own knives.
2. KEEP IT CLEAN + DRY
If you get your knife wet, take a towel to it. All metals will corrode when wet for extended periods of time. Keep the grit and dirt out of your knife, especially out of the primary pivot area. If it moves, it needs to be clean, dry and lubricated (see below).
3. KEEP IT LUBRICATED
Keep your knife properly lubricated. There are a lot of different kinds of lubricant out there, and you can choose the one the works best for you (see article below). We recommend something light, that won't carry a lot of grit.