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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Brown spots on knives? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Brown spots on knives?
What are they and how do I get rid of them?
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Date: 8/31/10 5:51 PM

I have had my flatware for about 3 years now. It is an Oneida stainless steel. My knives have developed these brown crusty spots on them. I switched to the Seventh Generation dishwashing detergent for awhile and switched back to Cascade, thinking that was the problem. It hasn't helped.

DH habitually makes himself a peanut butter sandwich and sticks the knife in the dishwasher still covered in globs of peanut butter. I know this isn't helping the situation, but could this be the problem? Even when I get to the knives first and scrub the peanut butter off, they still come out spotty.

The forks and spoons don't seem to do this.

Anyone know what's causing it and how to get rid of it?

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Date: 8/31/10 6:01 PM

It is probably some rust. I know it is stainless steel and it shouldn't. We had this problem when we lived in Illinois. Ours were Oneida as well. If they are a better set, they are covered. Oneida will replace them. That is what they did with ours.
For better dishwashing results, we were told not to use lemon scented dishwasher powder. If you leave acidic things on your knives, that will affect them too. We have found that using different types of metals, especially if they touch one another will make your cutlery, pans etc do funny things.
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Date: 8/31/10 8:11 PM

I have Oneida as well, and have never put my knives in the dishwasher (at least my newest set)..........the instructions said to wash by hand. After many years of using my first set, I was able to purchase a dishwasher and didn't know I wasn't supposed to put the knives in there..................eventually they got little rusty spots on the blades, too, so, make sure to wash by hand, especially if they're the better quality knives with hollow handles. There's a product called "Cameo" aluminum and stainless steel cleaner available in the supermarket. It's a powder and comes in a white plastic canister with a silver and blue metallic label. It's not recommended for polished surfaces, but I've used a light touch on polished surfaces without a problem. It's a mild abrasive..........so, be careful. You could probably dip a wet q-tip in the powder and lightly rub it over the spot (s).

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Date: 9/1/10 6:49 AM

My (Oneida) knives have the same spots. Thanks for the topic, as I have wondered about this. Maybe it only happens to Oneida.

I think the reason knives aren't supposed to go into the dishwasher is that often the blade is set & glued down into the handle, and repeated exposure will make them loose. That's what my MIL always said about the sterling silver flatware. She didn't like to submerge the knives when hand washing.

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Date: 9/1/10 10:04 AM

Hunh, mine have the same problem. On the blades of the "butter" knives. Not steak or otherwise sharp knives that would have a separate handle/blade. And I've been blaming said husband for said peanut butter messes. These are stainless, not silver, and a nice heavy weight and only about 3 years old.
I'm going to call Oneida, now, and ask them.

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Date: 9/1/10 12:06 PM

Oneida.com..........flatware..........use and care..........
-- Edited on 9/1/10 12:19 PM --

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Date: 9/1/10 2:48 PM

I've been using my Oneida every day for 37 years and it has not developed any problems. Maybe it's because I've always handwashed my dishes, pots and pans and utensils. I'm one of those odd balls, who refuse to have a dishwasher in my house

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Date: 9/1/10 3:11 PM

I've been using Oneida Juilliard for 25 years & always put it in the dishwasher. I've never had any problem with my knives. I don't use the full amount of DW powder - but I don't think that matters any.

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Date: 9/1/10 3:19 PM

I have several patterns of Oneida stainless - I collect the spoons from different patterns (I KNOW...is there a FAD - flatware acquisition disease?!) None of my Oneida have these spots - however, I also have some cheaper Martha Stewart flatware sets - stainless - and the knives are already spotted in spots...:)
I have only used these for about 5 years, whereas I have had my Oneida since 1966 to 1979 (years of acquisition).

Everything goes in the dishwasher - I am not into hand washing.
I use detergent from house brands to name brands, always liquid - never powder of any sort.

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Date: 9/2/10 12:06 PM

THANKS for that link to Oneida....I went down Nostalgia Avenue and saw that they still have an image of my wedding stainless - the pattern "Royal York." I still love it. :)

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