FAQs

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 of your knife now will make it last longer, perform better, and be safer to use.

Washing

Keep your blade clean while using it by rinsing it frequently with hot water and wiping it dry with a clean dishcloth. Always rinse it and wipe it down as if it is going to be a while before you have the chance to wash it. Wash it thoroughly after each use with hot water and natural soap. Hand dry it immediately with a clean dishcloth. Apply a thin coat of coconut or olive oil to help protect the blade from rust.
Never wash your knife in the dishwasher, leave it in the sink, or leave it out wet.

Sharpening

The easiest way to ensure your knife stays sharp is by honing and stropping. With proper care, you’ll only need to have your blade sharpened every few months. We offer the same products 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 edge honed and stropped. We also offer free sharpening for life as long as you pay for the shipping in both directions or drop it off at the shop.

Storage

Keep your knife, and it’s edge safe when storing it. A magnetic knife strip or drawer inserts are ideal. If you are taking your knife on the road, we suggest you wrap it in a towel and use a rubber band to secure it.

Patina

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.

Rust

Living and working in a marine environment can cause even stainless steel to rust. Lightly coating the surface of the knife blade with oil will prevent the salty, moist air from coming into contact with it. If rust becomes a problem, 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 makes and sells an all-natural handle wax to protect your knife handle from moisture. The wax 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.

Skarpari Forever Guarantee

Our ultimate goal is your happiness. Skarpari knives come with a transferable lifetime guarantee and a unique serial number. What does this mean? It means that no matter how you acquired your Skarpari knife, we will sharpen and guarantee it forever. If it was a gift, a purchase, or an inheritance, please fill out the form below, and we’ll update our records for that blade serial number. We’re excited to track the life of our products and see where this crazy journey takes us, as a family.

Unless you damage your knife through misuse or abuse, we will gladly help you with repairs. Additionally, if you cover shipping, we will sharpen any of our knives free of charge. If you are not completely satisfied with the performance of your knife, we will correct the problem or replace the product.

Skarpari does not guarantee its products against normal wear, misuse, or product modifications. Skarpari knives are not intended to be used as hammers, chisels, pry bars or screwdrivers. If your knife was damaged due to misuse, we can analyze the damage and repair it for a reasonable fee. If we are unable to repair your knife, we will extend a one-time offer, allowing you to purchase a new knife for 25% off the MSRP price listed on the website. This excludes any custom knives or web specials.

Chris Stovall
CEO, Skarpari, LLC.

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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