We highly recommend a hard-wood, end-grain cutting board such as teak, oak, maple or olive wood.  There are many cutting board options available in the gallery.  This will help keep your knife sharp for years to come.

Bamboo cutting boards are highly discouraged.  The use of bamboo cutting boards can be extremely damaging to a blade’s edge, dulling its sharpness over time.  Bamboo is 19% harder than traditional maple, oak or teak, which makes it much harder on the knives.  The small grooves may catch the blade’s edge, interrupting a smooth cutting action. 

KOTAI, PUMA IP and Messermeister knives come with a warranty - you must register your knife within 30 days for this warranty to be valid.

*Please, hand-wash your knives as a dishwasher is extremely detrimental to the blade's edge. 

If your knife contains “Ferrous” metal, (non-stainless steel), these knives need to be oiled after use. We do include a small dropper bottle of Kurobara, 100% Pure Tsubaki Japanese Knife Maintenance Camellia Oil (100% food-safe, great for long-term care and available on Amazon) for all knives that need to be oiled.  A few drops after use will help with rust and keep your knife or scissors in heirloom condition.

The Banshu Hamono Grip Scissors should not be used to cut paper as this will dull the scissor’s blades extremely fast. They are better suited for string, ribbon and the like.

We hope you enjoy the quality craftsmanship of your piece for years to come.  For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the gallery directly.

Terms / Conditions: The buyer and/or new knife or tool owner is directly responsible for the proper handling, care and use of all sharp knives and tools we sell in the gallery. elk & HAMMER is not responsible for any unforeseen damage to one's self and/or one's property.