- Apr 21, 2006
I have used and collected knives since the late 60's. I've made a few, and sold a bunch as a side job on weekends. I will never understand the whole patina thing. It's just the opposite of what I want my knife to be and look like. Whatever wear and use does to them it does naturally and sure isn't forced. I put less time and work into my tool steel knives than many do "forcing a patina" and usually have them looking almost new. When scratched up they will eventually get a re satin but that isn't from corrosion. For those getting into the non stainless world don't think it's best to patina knives, and a lot of us don't think it looks good. Do whatever is right for you and definitely don't think patinas are necessary for non stainless knives.