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To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:54 pm
by Josh Runyon
Any preference from you experts on storing knives with or without the sheath on? Does the metal need to breath?

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:45 pm
by Kalaeb
Short term, for sure. Long term I put a light layer of oil on it and store in sheath. Lots of people caution against it due to the potential of trapping moisture in the sheath, but I have never had an issue.

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:08 pm
by milkbaby
I do the same exact thing. It's possible the humidity where your knives are stored could be an issue though. I'm in humid Florida, but I have the air conditioning or heater set to a relatively comfortable level year round for my dog. So in the summer it never gets very humid where my knives are.

I'm also paranoid, so I always dry with two towels; first a good cotton one then a microfiber one. Then I let the knife sit in my kitchen's drying area (where I have a drying rack for pots/plates and drying pad) for a while until I put it away. This is true even for knives that live on the magnetic rack without saya and for stainless steel as well.

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:50 pm
by rayl1234
I prefer a saya which offers some air circulation and allows vci module in the drawer to work for less frequently used knives.

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:15 pm
by mauichef
For me sheaths are a knife killer. They do trap moisture where I live. I use sayas or gun paper and lightly coat the blade with camellia oil.

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:22 pm
by Kalaeb
mauichef wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:15 pm
For me sheaths are a knife killer. They do trap moisture where I live. I use sayas or gun paper and lightly coat the blade with camellia oil.
Where do you store long term?

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:57 pm
by mauichef
Kalaeb wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:22 pm
mauichef wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:15 pm
For me sheaths are a knife killer. They do trap moisture where I live. I use sayas or gun paper and lightly coat the blade with camellia oil.
Where do you store long term?
I have a couple of drawers that I put my less used knives in. The drawers have VCI cartridges in them.

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:59 pm
by Jeff B
What exactly do you mean by sheaths?

I use edge guards or sayas for regularly used knives that are stored in a drawer. For long term storage(a month+) I use VCI paper and/or a light coat of camellia oil. These knives are generally stored in a dining room buffet in their original boxes too.

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:58 pm
by Josh Runyon
I was just referring to the CKTG edge guards that they come with.

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:36 pm
by Kalaeb
Josh Runyon wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:58 pm
I was just referring to the CKTG edge guards that they come with.
Lol, in that case disregard my comment.

Re: To sheath or not to sheath...

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:55 am
by Altadan
Same like Maui, any carbon I left in those black felt knife guards has come out with rust :\
Now when I use them to store knives I'm not using long-term (pregnant wife=no sushi=no need for yanagiba), I just rub them with a little oil. Works well.