Finding a piece of equipment that fits your needs perfectly can often be a difficult task. But once you’ve found the perfect knife, making it last often becomes a point of concern.
Here are three basic ways to keep your knife in your pocket for many years to come:
If you’re planning to store your knife for an unspecified period of time, you’ll need to prepare your knife for storage the proper way. This includes cleaning, wrapping and packing the knife where air and moisture can’t damage your knife over time.
Try wrapping your knife in packing paper and storing in an air-tight plastic bag. Be sure to toss a packet of desiccant in the bag to absorb any moisture that was trapped inside. Keeping your knife dry is crucial to prevent unwanted damage to the blade.
The more you use your knife, the more often you will need to sharpen your blade. Sharp blades cut easily. Using a dull knife may require you to exert an excessive amount of force. This may ultimately damage your blade or cause a personal injury in the process.
If you are unsure how to properly sharpen the blade of your knife, be sure to consult a professional.
The best way to extend the life of your knife is to develop the habit of cleaning your equipment after every use. Rust and oxidation develop with the absence of proper maintenance. Keep your blade from rusting prematurely by thoroughly polishing the knife each time it’s used. This will also help prevent the build-up of dulling debris and mineral deposits.