FAQ: Will Bark River's A2 tool steel rust?

29th Jun 2015

Yes, it can, but there's an easy solution: Use your knife and don't worry about it.

Seriously, if you're actually using your knife, taking it out of its sheath and putting it back, actually working your Bark River knife, rarely will it need more than a quick wipe-and-dry.

As a carbon steel, and with use, A2 can develop a natural patina. That's fine, and it also helps protect the blade from rust.

The only time you'll really need to give A2 any special attention is before storing your knife for a long period. Then just make sure it's dry and give it a light coating of mineral oil.