How to Maintain a Hunting Knife

kitchen_knife_sharpening2 Open season is drawing near and as a hunter you want to be prepared with all your necessary hunting equipment. One of the most important tools that will be needed is a hunting knife. This specific weapon may be quite small but plays a significant role in the life of the hunter. An experienced hunter knows well the impact a well-kept knife can make while hunting. A hunting knife for the hunter is a great investment that demands proper care, just like any other hunting tool. Proper care will help you enjoy the benefits for many years to come.

A hunting knife holds a great purpose and it is not intended to be used as a screwdriver, hammer, axe, or for target throwing. Using a hunting knife for activities other than hunting will shorten the life span of your knife and the lifetime warranty that comes with your knife will be nullified. It is important for every hunter to make sure their hunting knives will work effectively and efficiently. Always be sure to maintain your knife as sharp as possible. Sharp knives are safer to use, as it will cut through game meat effortlessly. Now if you are not skilled in sharpening knives ask an expert to assist you or a seasoned hunter should also be able to help you.

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Cleaning a Hunting Knife

The main principle to keeping a knife well-kept and cleaned is to clean it after every time you use it. Even if you simply held the knife in your hand and admired it, you must still clean it. Here’s why. Our hands release oils and if you have sweaty hands the residue left on the blade can rust the metal. Note well, sweat has minute amounts of chemicals such as ammonia, urea, and salts. These substances can penetrate metals quickly.

Here are some of the Most Common Steps to Cleaning a hunting knife:

  • Cleanse the knife with your hands by using soap and water
  • Immediately after, use a non-scratch cloth to dry the knife. This will ensure the blade is not scraped.
  • Avoid the use of strong cleaning substances that could affect your knife.
  • It is recommended to blend vinegar and salt and use a cork to remove the strong stains.
  • Lastly, clean the hunting knife with soapy water and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Finally store your knife in a clean, dry and safe place.

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How to Store your Hunting Knife

After cleaning your hunting knife, store it in an area that is not humid and free from other items that may bang against it. Do not store your knife in a scabbard. It is advised you store your knife in a thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl or nylon sheath. Then for permanent storing of your hunting knife cover with paper and put it in a plastic bag that has a zipper and some desiccant to keep the knife dry.

Many experienced hunters recommend that you never use a leather scabbard to store your hunting knife. The logic behind this move is because the substances that have been used to tan the leather attract humidity from the atmosphere and rust a hunting knife even if it is oiled properly. However, don’t think that leather sheaths may not have any use because they are still very effective in protecting you and the hunting knife while you are out hunting.

Keep your Hunting Knife Lubricated

Oil in particular is a multipurpose miracle chemical. Regardless, of how you use it, it does its job really well. Different types of machines run on oil, it can be used for baking and used to keep your hunting knife well lubricated. Hunters use oil to keep their hunting knives from getting rusty and looking unattractive. It is suggested that you use An All Purpose oil that commonly used on firearms and knives. Whether or not, a hunting knife folds or unfolds always remember to lube the channel that locks and unlocks your knife. Here are some steps to follow when lubricating your hunting knife:

  • Lube your Hunting knife with a small amount of oil. Too much oil is not good for your knife as it can attract tiny particles of dirt and other unnecessary elements.
  • Always lube the metal blade with the all-purpose oil, as mentioned earlier.
  • Oil wooden handles with linseed oil.
  • Use mink oil on leather handles.
  • Do not oil handles with artificial or rubber handles.

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A Follow Up

Being able to maintain a consistent clean knife will be well worth your investment. Do not fail to keep your hunting knife clean and well lubricated and it will not fail you. Happy hunting!