Son of a Sailor items are handmade with care and great detail. Please keep in mind that no two handmade items will be exactly alike. There will be slight differences, as much as we try to remain consistent.
We offer a broad assortment of items, and care instructions will vary from one item to another. Below is information about many different materials we use, that we hope will help in aiding in the long life of your product. If you have any questions about your Son of a Sailor item, or aren't sure exactly which materials your item is made of, don't hesitate to contact us -- we are happy to help!
Our FEMINA collection is made of hand-forged brass, cast bronze, silver, and gold-filled chain, and various ceramic beads and gemstones. The chain used in the collection is sterling silver or 14k gold-fill, which should last for a lifetime of wear. If it becomes dirty, just wipe with a dry cloth. The pendants in this collection are made of hand-forged silver, brass, or cast bronze, all of which can be cleaned using a polishing cloth and should be kept in a clean dry place. You can use a jewelry polishing compound if you desire, but we recommend regular polishing with a jewelry polishing cloth to maintain the finish. Gemstones and ceramic beads should be wiped clean with a dry cloth, and you should avoid exposing them to polishing compounds. All jewelry should be removed before swimming or showering to ensure the quality of the piece.
Brass is a metal that antiques, or oxidizes, over time. With exposure to the elements (moisture, salt in the air, etc.) brass tarnishes and will grow to a dark golden brown finish. Unpainted, raw brass may be polished to restore its shine. Many of our items are hand-painted or have a patina applied, and should not be polished. All jewelry should be removed before swimming or showering to ensure the quality of the piece. We love the use of brass as it takes on the look of your life, yet it is easily polished to its original shine with the use of a cloth. We recommend using a Sunshine polishing cloth.
Leather items should be kept in a clean, dry place and not worn while showering or swimming. If necessary, painted portions can be wiped with warm water and mild soap, and leather may be spot cleaned. Leather will become more brittle and less conditioned with repeated exposure to water, so it is best to avoid getting leather items wet. Natural veg-tan leather will tan with use and exposure to sunlight.
Many of our wood products are hand-painted, such as the knives and flash drives. These items are finished with a clear coat to protect the finish, but should be handled with care and kept in a dry, clean environment. Items will earn a patina of wear with regular use.
Raw wood items like the Baker cutting board and the London valet are finished with conditioning oils to maintain the finish of the wood. Cutting, shot, and flight boards should not be put in the dishwasher, but rather should be washed by hand and dried immediately after wash. Regularly adding oil (like cutting board oil or olive oil) will keep wood conditioned. The London valet should be wiped with a dry cloth, and wood conditioner may be added if necessary.
Felt items should be kept in a clean, dry place and not worn while showering or swimming. If necessary, felt may be spot cleaned with a cold, damp cloth.
Wash and dry copper pieces immediately to prevent spotting, though some spotting will occur over time from reactions with tap water. Copper will patina with time, which many find appealing, but can be polished to it's original shine. We recommend using Write's Copper Creme to brighten it up, use with their instructions.
Find more copper care instructions on the Sertodo website.
In order to achieve our signature steel appearance, our steel has earned a specific oxidized patina and has been coated with a varnish. For best results, do not put in the dishwasher or soak in water for long periods of time. In the words of our fearless leader, "It's tough as nails, don't worry about it" -Billy
Our Victor shave kit features an all-natural soap that can be used in its soapstone cup. Simply wet the shave brush, and lather the soap within the cup. After shaving, it is recommended that the brush be hung to dry and any excess water be poured out. Keep your Victor shave kit dry when not in use, and avoid pouring water directly into the cup. Shave brushes may be hung to dry for best results.