First, stainless steel tends to be a softer form of steel, which means that it often doesn't hold an edge as well as carbon steel. Secondly, and this is really important, carbon steel, despite being harder than stainless steel, is much easier to sharpen than stainless steel. Carbon steel has a higher carbon content and is therefore more reactive than stainless steel, meaning it will change over time. Carbon steel blades have a “run-in period”, during which initial blade care is crucial, but they will prepare it well for the rest of its useful life.
This “shooting period” is similar to that of a cast iron skillet, which needs to be seasoned. With a new carbon steel blade, it's essential to keep the blade dry and greased when not in use and avoid cutting too much acid product. This doesn't mean you can't cut lemons or onions, it just means that you need to be diligent in cleaning and drying the knife afterwards while the patina is still forming. Over time, a patina develops on the blade, which changes its appearance, but also creates a protective layer that acts as a non-stick layer when cutting the product.
Carbon steel blades do not require much maintenance, they are only specific for initial maintenance. Stainless steel has several advantages over carbon steel. First of all, it is stronger than carbon steel. This means you won't suffer scratches or cuts if you use it every day.
In addition, because it is harder than carbon steel, stainless steel knives also last longer. Finally, since they don't rust, stainless steel knives are perfect for the kitchen and garage. This doesn't mean that you can't cut acidic foods with a carbon steel knife or that you have to worry about washing and drying your knife. If you want the best corrosion resistance and want to make sure your knife lasts for many years, and you don't mind heavier edge maintenance, then a stainless steel knife is perhaps the best option.
There are four main factors to consider when buying a knife, to ensure that a knife does its job smoothly and effectively. If you plan to use your knife to explore nature and nature, then ease of sharpening is a must; the last thing you want to do is spend hours sharpening your knife every day. A good carbon chef's knife can cost between 60 and 120 dollars and will cut much better than a similarly priced stainless steel chef's knife. The ability of a knife to maintain a sharp edge during use is an important issue for both professional and amateur knife makers.
Whether you're a camper with good weather, a knife connoisseur, or an outdoor bushcrafter, you'll know there are plenty of options when buying a new knife.