I recently bought a mistreated moritaka carbon steel sujihiki off of a co-worker.
He couldn't be bothered to take care of it....
He scratched off most of the black protective coating (I don't know what this is called) and let it rust a little bit. There are also some minor chips (I think these are from attempting to hone on a steel rod)
I basically want to know how to revitalize it as much as possible. I have removed all the rust and most of the of the coating and have started to rework the edge a little bit (I don't really want to take too much off for the sake of two chips) I haven't buffed the blade as my girlfriend spilled oil on my higher grit stone.
What are the best ways to make it look pretty? and once it looks pretty should I force a patina? or just let it develop? Once this is all done what is the best way to care for carbon steel?
This is my first carbon steel blade, what are the do's and don't of carbon steel knives?