If you would like to maintain your daggers, hunting and skinning knives and other knives properly and ensure their long-term use, there are important maintenance tips that you must follow regularly. Not only will these tips help you get the most of your knives, but they will also make sure that you stay safe while using them.
Check out the following important tips for knife maintenance:
· Keep Your Knife Clean
The importance of cleanliness to the maintenance of your knives can never be overemphasized. If your knife is moderately dirty, it is recommended that you use a soft T-shirt material to clean the blade of the knife. However, if the knife is very dirty, utilize a small quantity of soap, little water, and a clean T-shirt material. Clean the blade carefully and keep the knife dry afterward.
· Lubricate the Knife
By using superior lubricants to lubricate your knife, the knife will be prevented from becoming dull. Nevertheless, you should ensure that the blades are clean before you oil it. Oiling the blade of a knife when dirty will keep the dirt locked in the blade and make it dull. If there is excess oil on the blade, use a clean cloth to wipe it dry.
· Avoid Keeping Your Knife in A Leather Sheath for Too Long
Keeping your knife inside a leather sheath for too long can make it rust, and this is one of the easiest ways to render your knife dull and ineffective. The brass or nickel silver guard of the knife can also be damaged when you keep the knife in a leather sheath for a long time. Therefore, avoid keeping your knife in a leather sheath for a long time.
· Sharpen Your Knife
It is equally essential for you to sharpen your knife regularly. You should make use of a sharpening tool to get the best results. Consider using an electrical, handheld sharpening tool or a sharpening stone. Be careful while sharpening the knife to avoid hurting yourself.
· Use the Right Knife for the Right Job
Each knife is designed for a specific job. However, many people use knives for the purposes that they have not been designed for and this misuse often damages the knives. Do not use a dagger to perform the function of a hunting knife, pocket knife and so on. Use the right knife for the right job.
· Avoid Heating Up
Each knife has been designed with the right temperature that is required for the maintenance of the molecular structure of its steel. Therefore, by heating up the knife, you are disrupting the temperature and this will make it difficult for the knife to hold an edge. As a result of this, activities that can heat up your knife should be avoided to maintain your knife.
In a nutshell, you must learn to maintain your knife if you would like to use it for a long time with optimal efficiency and effectiveness.
This is how you can restore your knife. Video is done by user Dutch Bushcraft Knife