Knowing how to care for your Bushcraft Knife, no matter the type, will help you greatly improve the life span of that knife; be it stainless steel, carbon steel, or whatever type of knife it is. Your ability to take care for your knife will help make it useful when you most need it. This is probably the most important aspect of owning a knife.
We all expect our bushcraft knives to be effective and durable but if your knife is not properly taken care of, rust and other damages can cause it not to function properly.
There are few ways on how to care for your Bushcraft Knife, and they are;
- Store your knife safely: proper storage helps to keep your knife functioning. Any type of moist on a knife can cause that knife to become defective. Moisture could make it rust and become blunt, so it is best to store it in a very safe, clean and dry place where moisture can’t damage it. Any time your wet fingers or any wet material touches or handles your knife, always wipe it clean with a dry cloth before putting it away. When hunting in the rain or in a rainy weather, a weather proof case is best for storing your hunting knives.
- Constantly wipe the blade(s): no matter the type of Bushcraft Knife you own and use, it is always advisable that you wipe off the surface of the blade daily to avoid rust of any form from clustering on the knife. Stainless steel products are prone to rust and any other damages if not properly cared for, so for optimum satisfaction and results, it is best to use a cotton cloth specifically to wipe your Bushcraft Knife with little drops of silicon oil which will greatly increase the life span of that knife.
- For those of you using multi-tools, flush off dirt from the joints: with constant carrying around of your Bushcraft Knife in your pocket, the hinges and the joints are most likely to become clogged with different types of dirt and debris. This dirt and debris can affect the joints badly, so it is recommended that you flush them thoroughly after every use. There are several things that you can use to flush the joints, and the most common of them is a hose or a kitchen sprayer. Use a hose or sprayer to flush out all of the dirt particles from the hinge and joints of the knife. You can also use compressed air to flush out dirt particles from within the hinges. Just ensure that you dry the knife properly after cleaning to void rust from clustering on your Bushcraft Knife.
- After cleaning and flushing, it is good to oil the hinges and steels of the knife to increase greatly the life span of the knife.
Following these simple steps, your Bushcraft knife, or any other knife for that matter, will give you years of enjoyment and service to last a lifetime.