Knife Care

Knives are tools that we use daily, a reliable companion in cooking, hunting, fishing, sailing, and farming. A Skarpari knife is an investment and an heirloom expected to be handed down for generations. Proper care means your knife will last longer, perform better, and be safer.


Many Skarpari knives are made from high-carbon steel which will turn grey over time with use. This beautiful pattern becomes a protective layer on your blade that actually prevents future rusting. The patina will vary depending on what you use your knife for and will be totally unique to your knife.


Living and working in a marine environment can cause even stainless steel to rust. Keep the surface of the knife blade lightly coated with oil will prevent the salty, moist air from coming into contact with the blade. Rust will seldom be a serious problem, just use a Scotchbrite pad and lightly polish the blade. The dark grey patina that remains is just an addition to the story of the life of your knife.

Handle Wax

Skarpari sells an all natural handle wax to protect your wooden knife handle from moisture. It will bring out the wood grain pattern, and improve the handle appearance. It is made with local organic beeswax and native Pacific Northwest hazelnut oil. It is 100% food safe.


We feel that with proper edge care and honing, you’ll only need to have your knife sharpened every few months. We offer the same products on our website that we use to produce and maintain all of the knives we create. We’d be more than happy to give you a demo on how to properly keep your knife honed. We also offer free sharpening for life as long as you pay for the shipping in both directions.


Keep your blade clean while you use it by rinsing it frequently with hot water and wiping it dry. Always rinse it, and wipe it down as if it is going to be a while before you have the chance to wash it. Use hot water and natural soap. Apply a super thin coat of coconut or olive oil.
Never wash your knife in the dishwasher!

Meet the Maker

After spending many years as a commercial artist creating beautiful and functional digital and printed communication, Chris began his journey as a knife maker. Chris’ design sense, spacial understanding, and mathematical precision found an outlet in the physical world of crafting tools. The concept of craftsmanship drives him. As he watched his Father make knives as a very young child, he was struck by the beauty and precision of a knife made from an old saw blade. At the time he did not know that after years of city life, he and his wife would eventually move to the forest to raise their own family and knife making would become a passion.

They began learning the local ways of hunting and fishing and cooking from scratch. The need for the proper tools presented itself quickly. The first significant foray into raising livestock was in raising pigs for food. On a deep level, Chris recognized that he wanted to revisit the traditional methods of the slaughter and butchering of the animal. Chris made his first knife and used it. It was a formative experience where the interaction was undeniable between the animal and the farmer and butcher.

That was the first knife he made. Next a pairing knife for the kitchen. From there he became obsessed with learning everything about knife making. He studied the tools, forging, sharpening, making knives from different materials, and breathing life back into castaways. Now, four years later, with some more serious equipment, he has honed in on the best methods and has developed a style that honors the local tradition and materials.

He sets up a shop where ever he is and continues to study, learn, and practice. His favorite times are in the quiet of his shop letting the materials speak to him, and the knives develop through his collaboration with the buyer, and nature.

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