Lifetime Guarantee + Care Guide
Hand wash the Series 1 Knife in warm soapy water and dry immediately after use. We recommend using a soft cloth for this process and to exercise care around the sharp cutting edge.
Always cut on a wooden or plastic cutting board, avoiding glass, marble, china, a plate or anything that is harder than the steel of the blade.
Take care when storing your Series 1 Knife, ensuring the blade doesn't knock other objects.
We recommend storing your Series 1 Knife in the handmade box within which it came or a Hinoki Companion Knife Sheath.
Sharpen your Hinoki Series 1 Knife using either Japanese sharpening stones with a grit of between #1000 to #1200, or a ceramic honing rod.
Please do not use metal sharpening equipment or honing stones to sharpen the blade.
THINGS TO AVOID
Please do not put your Series 1 Knife in the dishwasher. Also avoid washing the blade with abrasive scrubbers, bleach based cleaning agents or dishwashing powders.
Avoid using your Series 1 Knife to cut into extremely tough ingredients such as bones, or frozen food.
As Japanese knife edges are thinner, to enable finer slicing and cutting, avoid rough or heavy chopping as this may cause the blade to chip.
Avoid leaving your Series 1 Knife wet any longer than necessary and take care to ensure that it is fully dry and clean before storing.
Avoid exposing your Series 1 Knife to heat.
MAINTAINING CARBON STEEL BLADES
Always clean and completely dry your blade after each use to prevent rust and oxidisation.
Please note, carbon steel blades will naturally develop their own unique patina over time as they interact with various food acids within ingredients you are cutting.
Should rusting occur, clean the blade with warm soapy water and a gentle pot or dish scrubber that is not made of copper or steel wool as this may scratch the surface — Hinoki recommends Kamenoko Tawashi’s Natural Palm Fiber Scrubbers for this process. Dry thoroughly upon completion.
We recommend maintaining your blade with Hinoki Companion Knife Oil; specially formulated with Japanese Camellia Oil and Bee Propolis to inhibit rust and corrosion.
Step 1: Before applying the Companion Knife Oil, ensure the blade has been cleaned and is completely dry.
Step 2: Apply a small coin sized amount of oil to a fine cloth or apply three dots directly to the blades body.
Step 3: Glide the cloth over both sides of the blades body, ensuring a light even coat.
Step 4: Prior to its next use, simply wash the knife under running cold water to remove any traces of oil and dry thoroughly.
MAINTAINING WOOD + 316L STAINLESS STEEL
Our natural hardwoods have been finished in a specially formulated food safe and water resistant wood oil. Please avoid bringing your handle into contact with other oils as this may cause staining.
Wooden handles should not be immersed in water. After exposure to water please dry the handle thoroughly.
The Handle is crowned with Hinoki’s signature etched bolster or 'kakumaki' in Japanese. Built of 316L stainless steel, the same steel high-end watch manufacturers use to craft their timepieces, Type 316L is an extra-low carbon steel which requires minimal care — simply wash with mild soap, rinse in clean water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth, ensuring to rub the bolster along its brush lines, so not to affect its finish.
RENEWAL + THE HINOKI LIFETIME GUARANTEE
Hinoki is pleased to extend The Renewal Service — a guarantee of lifetime service and maintenance on each object and material in the essential range.
In addition to this all products are guaranteed by The Hinoki Lifetime Guarantee. Hinoki guarantees its knife products against manufacturing defects on all material components provided they are properly used and cared for. The Lifetime Guarantee is non-transferable and does not cover normal signs of wear and tear, naturally occurring patina, rust, damage or breakage as the result of the users poor maintenance, nor loss or theft. If the exact product is not available for replacement or repair, a knife of equal value or similar function and style to the original will be supplied to the client — free of charge.