Knife maintenance

Any knife, be it a folding knife, a souvenir knife, a fillet knife or a kitchen knife, requires some care.  By performing the manipulations below from time to time, you will always have a good working tool at hand.

Knife care includes three stages.

If the knife is heavily clogged with dirt or covered in oil, it should be rinsed under running water.  To enhance the effect, please use a toothbrush: it will thoroughly remove all excesses.

Please note: if the knife has wooden or bone elements, don’t allow it to come into contact with water.  When dry, natural materials can deform.

  • Experts always recommend keeping the knife sharp.  And, as strange as it may sound, the risk of being cut is higher when using a blunt object.  Therefore, it’s worth the effort to acquire sharpening skills.  This simple skill can be mastered by everyone.  The sharpening angle will depend on several factors: the geometry of the knife, its thickness and purpose.  Today market is quite densely saturated with tools for such manipulations and choosing the right option will not be difficult.  The most effective way to sharpen is to move against the sharpening stone (as if you want to cut a piece of it).  Care should be taken to ensure that sharpening movements are carried out at the same angle.  Finally, after sharpening do not forget to remove any metal dust from the sharpening stone, otherwise it will reduce the effectiveness of the tool in subsequent procedures.
  • Dust accumulates on the knife during long-term storage.  It can be removed with a compressor.  If there is no way to blow through the knife, use a cue tip to remove excess from hard to reach places, such mechanical cleaning methods will also be effective.
  • This procedure is mainly required for folding knives in order for the moving elements to work accurately.  Any gun or watch oil can be used for lubrication.
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