Carbon steel makes a harder and stronger cutting blade than stainless steel, it is also easier to sharpen. In return for its performance carbon steel will need a little bit of love and care, as it will tend to oxidise if not well maintained. - to avoid rusting, it is recommended that carbon steel blades are kept oiled. - do not soak it in water and never place it in the dishwasher. - to clean the knife, wipe the blade with a damp cloth and dry immediately. - to reduce the frequency of re-sharpening, wooden chopping boards are recomended.
If your carbon steel blade is beginning to rust, use a scouring pad and and acid, such as vinegar and gently rub it on the affected area. After the rust has been removed, dry the blade, re-sharpen and oil to prevent future rusting.