If you take care of your knife as you describe it will take care of you over the long haul. But it will stain and gain a patina over time. It is inevitable. Think performance over appearance. If you want a shiny bright knife, then stainless is the way to go. If you want blazing sharp, then learn to love the patina of a well used carbon blade. Pardon the low quality photography... but here are my 3 non-Japanese carbon steel blades.
3/4/14 at 6:20am