Waxed cotton is a natural treatment that is highly wind resistant and water repellent without compromising the breathability of cotton. Taking proper care of this high-performance fabric is necessary to increase the lifespan of your garment and to keep it functioning as intended.
Cleaning and Care Instructions
Your garment's thin waxed coating resists liquids and makes it relatively easy to clean. Waxed cotton should not be machine washed or dry cleaned and should be kept away from hot water and harsh detergents that will remove the wax coating. When spots occur, use a damp rag or soft bristle brush to gently buff out the stained area. If spots are particularly stubborn, use a castile soap and rinse with lukewarm water. Re-wax the area and hang to air dry in a warm place.
Generally, rinse dirt and debris by hand with cold water and air dry. Do not iron. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean. Do not machine wash. Do not use artificial heat to dry, expose to open flames, hang on radiators, or wear on a heated seat.
Throughout the life of a waxed garment, it may need to be touched up with reproofing wax. If your item has dry or uneven wax in areas, reproofing should bring back the water repellency and uniform look. To re-wax the garment, take a clean cloth and a small amount of wax and apply a thin layer to the garment in circular motions. Wipe off any excess and hang the garment somewhere dry and warm so that the wax will be absorbed. To speed up the process, you can use a hairdryer to melt the wax and make sure it is evenly distributed. It is not necessary to reproof an entire garment unless the wax has been well-worn throughout.
Our fine bag leather develops a beautiful patina as it ages. As with all natural leathers, subtle markings occur prior to tanning. These natural markings add character to a product and do not affect the leather’s durability.
Leather should be cleaned regularly. It is best to clean the entire surface as opposed to spot cleaning. Using a soft cloth or brush, first remove any dirt that may be stuck to the leather’s surface. Next, mix a solution of warm water and dish soap and wipe the exterior surfaces of the leather. Always test any cleaning method on an out-of-the-way spot first. Lastly, use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap and dry with a towel.
To protect leather from stains and to add shine, apply leather conditioner as needed and as directed. Leather should be kept out of direct sunlight and left to dry in an open space.
Tom Beckbe Sportsman Knives
Do not use a dishwasher to clean your knives. The extreme environment, detergent, and potential for movement may cause damage to the blade and handle. Instead, wash and dry your knife by hand. Scrub gently using warm water, rinse, and dry by hand. Keeping your blade dry is important.
While cutting acidic foods, wipe your blade. Acids corrode metal and may dull your blade’s edge. Use wooden cutting boards. Cutting atop hard surfaces will dull your blade quickly and promote slippage.
Store your knife out of harm’s way. Never place loosely or unprotected in a drawer. We recommend magnetic or wooden block storage.
Honing and Sharpening
Knives should be honed regularly. Develop the habit of making a few passes with a ceramic honing rod before each use of your knife. Sharpen as needed. We recommend professional sharpening. Please contact Heartwood Forge if you'd like to have them sharpen your knives.