I understand that these comments are from approx. 1 year ago but I pray it's not too late: 1- what ever yoou do DO NOT TOUCH THE BLADE WITH YOUR FINGERS!!!! 2- if you do touch it, use a VERY SOFT, repeat, VERY SOFTcloth and wipe the blade gently!!!! 3- use clove oil (2 or 3 drops) on a piece of rice paper and drag it along the blade on both sides and the spine 4- FOR GOD'S SAKE DO NOT NOT NOT use linseed oil or anything else but clove oil!!!! 5- place the blade back in the scabbered without touchin the sides or the spine against the scabbered. 6- if the owner lives near salt water, repeat this cleaning once every 4 months.