From my experience white #1 is an incredible "pure" steel. It feels really nice and smooth when sharpening on the stones and has the ability to get screaming sharp provided you have the fine stones to bring that edge out. It also leaves little to no wire edge. It's the only knife that I can't really microbevel because 1) the edge is already really clean coming off the stones and 2) I just end up rounding out the edge of my knife because my edge is so clean. White #1 is really really nice. But to be honest in a practical working environment, the difference between the two is not noticeable. Only knife nuts and knife sharpening nuts can really tell the difference, as both steels get screaming sharp and will rust if not taken care of.
Sorry to point out, but the knives are nasty. They are dirty - they need to be scrubbed.
i'm starting to like patina... how very odd...
lovely knives. what happened to your HD btw? did you get rid of it?
I too like patina, but the knives posted look to me to be getting too close to rust...all I use are carbon knives but that rust color makes me think of rust. I believe it would make me scrub my knives down and start over as well. I like the blues and purples--even a nice dark gray can look sexy as hell, but orange freaks me out. Curious how others feel--am I just paranoid or ?
once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right
I have the same knife, and it's screamin'... gets a great edge! I'd say in the top three that I own.
That being said, guess there's a fine line between oxidation and patina...
Wish I knew more about patina and bacteria also....
ive owned a number of carbon, usually clad carbon that seems to take orangish/brown patina. In my case it certainly wasnt rust, however it was definitely unappealing.