Whether you are heading out on a short hike or a long camping trip, one must-have piece of equipment is your everyday carry (EDC) pocket knife. You can use your pocket knife to cut up kindling, slice food, open a bottle, or get a tight knot out of a piece of rope. To make sure your pocket knife is ready for whatever your trip throws at you, follow these easy tips to keep it in top-notch condition.
1. Regularly Lubricate the Hinge
If you carry a folding EDC pocket knife, you want to make sure that it folds with ease. Apply a petroleum-based lubricant to the belly of your pocket knife every month to ensure that it continues to open properly. Many people use their pocket knives for food-based tasks; if you use yours to cut your food or plan to use it around food, make sure that you select a food-grade lubricant.
A small amount of lubricant goes a long way. Start with a few drops and add more if needed to thoroughly lubricate your knife.
2. Protect the Blade
Even if your pocket knife claims that it will not rust, know that practically every type of steel can rust over time when subjected to conditions conducive to the formation of rust. If you camp in a humid climate or regularly subject the blade to moisture, this increases the chance that your knife will rust. Certain substances, such as salt water, can also hasten the formation of rust on your knife.
You can help prevent rust by regularly lubricating your the blade of your knife with the same lubricant you use for the hinge. Mineral oil is another acceptable lubricant. When your knife gets dirty, clean it as soon as possible to remove any compounds that can cause the blade to rust.
To apply lubricant to the blade, pour a small amount on a clean cloth and rub it into your blade.
3. Keep the Blade Sharp
Not only is a dull blade frustrating to use, but it also increases the chance that you will damage your knife when using it. Keep your knife blade sharp and ready for usage by sharpening it on a sharpening stone when it shows signs of dullness. Before sharpening your pocket knife, apply a bit of oil to the blade.
Begin by sharpening the blade on the rough side of the stone. As you progress through the sharpening progress, finish sharpening it on the stone's fine side.
For additional advice, contact a company like Off-Grid Knives.