Only made about 15 knives so far but have sold a couple (to family friends), have given a few as gifts and have orders for a dozen. I learned quickly that high carbon steels rust way too easily for the clientele around these parts so I moved to aeb-l but the chef knife I made for my mother has rust spot/stains already and I don’t expect anyone I sell a knife to to look after it any better than she would (she is pretty meticulous with it. It is possible that she didn’t dry it 100% perfect one time ((though she claims she always does and I believe her)) that resulted in these small spots. It also goes into a kydex sheath which may have allowed any minimal amounts of water to sit on the blade longer). The knife was finished on the bevel to 600grit and the flats were 800 hand sanded then to a grey very fine scotch brite belt and there were rust spots on both areas. I’m kind of crushed because I’m loving this hobby but I know people around here will not be impressed to pay for a custom knife that rusts. Is there other steels I should be considering that have better stainless properties but not a lot of down sides? I can read and research until I’m blue in the face but what I really value is actual input from real people. Note: I have and will continue to send all stainless out for heat treating for the foreseeable future.