How Do You Maintain a Knife? (Knife Knowledge)
It is essential to protect your blade, especially if you are in a survival situation since your knife will keep you alive.
One of the things you should avoid doing is stabbing your knife into the soil when you are in the field. Dirt can still be abrasive to your blade, similar to stabbing a knife to a rock. If you are not using your knife, store it in your sheath. This will prevent your knife from sustaining damage as well as preventing accidental injury to yourself and others.
Avoid cutting any hard surfaces, especially surfaces that are harder than your blade’s edge. Another thing to avoid is using a rock or other hard objects as a cutting board. Use a softer material such as wood or plastic if you want to cut up something on a flat surface since this will protect your knife’s integrity.
Avoid using your knife as a multi-tool. Your knife is not a screwdriver or a miniature crowbar. At times, it may work, but it will damage your blade at some point in the long run.
Ensure that your blade is dried off thoroughly whenever it gets wet and if it comes into contact with saltwater, rinse it with fresh water. Please take out your knife from its sheath every once in a while. Leather tends to collect moisture and might corrode your blade if stored for an extended period. All high carbon steel blades must be protected from corrosion. If rust begins to form, you can use fine-grit sandpaper to remove the rust as early as possible and apply oil to its surface. Oiling is also recommended every once in a while, especially if you won’t use your knife for an extended period.