Proper Knife Care and Storage

By Manolito Singuillo

Knives are the first tools used by mankind, reflecting how useful and indispensable it is not only in everyday tasks but for so many other uses. As with other implements, caring for your knives properly is how you can ensure its usability for a long time. The tips below are applicable to most kinds of knives, whether folding knives or fixed blade knives.

How to Clean

The first rule in proper knife care is to clean and dry knives after each use. This means, you should clean the entire piece from blade to handle. While modern knives have blades that are more rust-resistant, corrosion and oxidization can still affect them if they are not properly cared for.

In cleaning your knife, avoid using harsh cleaning agents and solvents. Look for cleaning products in the market formulated specifically for knives. Warm water should be used to rinse a stainless steel blade. If the knife blade is made of carbon steel, add baking soda to the warm water rinse. If you find that some part of the knife still became rusty, just scrub it with a steel wool pad and alcohol.

Preventive Care

Preventive care done regularly is the secret to avoiding knife problems that will need repair. Caring for your knife is mostly commonsense such as not washing it in the dishwasher where the blade can break or chip or not leaving it in a basin of water for a prolonged time. Regular knife care routine should always include lubricating the knife. Moisten a cloth with oil and rub the knife with it every time you are done cleaning it. Don’t leave any excess oil on the knife.

In addition, you should care for the handle as much as you care for the blade. Clean the knife handle using the right cleaning product for the material used. For a pocket knife, make sure to ease the blade back into the handle because slapping it back recklessly can make the blade dull or damage the handle.

Storing Your Knife

Usually, a storage device is included when you purchase utility and cutlery knives. The device could be a knife block or a knife sheath, which are effective in protecting the knife from the elements. However, such devices are for short-term storage since the knives are used frequently.

If you need to keep your knife for a long time, look for long-term storage devices that are made with non-acidic materials to ensure your knife doesn’t become corroded while in storage. Before storing it away, make sure the knife is clean and dry. Oil the knife and then wrap it in soft fabric. Store your knife in a dry and cool area.

Now, would you agree that these tips may be applicable to a pocket knife [] or folding knives [] in general?

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