Taking Care of Your Knives

How to Take Care of Your Hunting Knives

While hunting knives are designed to be efficient and durable, over time they can become rusted and dull, rendering them useless. Below are some helpful tips on how to preserve the beauty and functionality of your hunting knives.Taking care of your knives

Invest in a Knife Sharpener: Processing an animal with a dull hunting knife can lead to tearing and ripping of the tissue, rather than clean cuts, so before you go hunting, be sure to carefully sharpen your knives with a high quality stone or wheel. When using a wheel to sharpen your hunting knives, avoid using the powdered type. The powdered wheel method can raise the temperature of the stainless steel, ruining the constitution of the knife. Which ever method your choose to use for sharpening, avoid allowing the stainless steel to get overheated. You can prevent overheating by taking a a break every four minutes.

How to do Freehand Blade Sharpening

1. Start off by purchasing a good quality bench stone. The most commonly used bench stones for sharpening are natural Arkansas stones, man-made North India stones, and diamond-bonded stones.

2. Choose the bench stone based on the type of steel that your knife is made out of . For instance, diamond-bonded stones are compatible with high performance steels such as BG-42, CPM-S3OV, 154CM and others. Diamond-bonded stones need water for lubrication while Arkansas and North India stones need oil.

3. Using a black Sharpie, color the whole cutting edge on both sides of the blade. The goal is to sharpen away the ink markings.

4. Take 2 or 3 strokes on the stone, then examine the edge bevel. If ink is still present near the top of the bevel, try decreasing the angle of the blade on the stone.

5. Once the of the ink is gone, your hunting knife should be fully sharpened.

Proper Storage: Hunting knives can easily become rusted or defective when exposed to moisture over an extended period of time. To prevent this from happening, store all of your knives in a clean and dry location. Weather-proof cases are a good investment for proper knife storage. Additionally, before storing your knives within their cases, be sure to wipe off any fingerprints left behind, as fingertip moisture can create permanent stains on the blades.

Oil the Blades and Hinges: Another way to increase the lifespan of your knives is to consistently wipe them down with a cotton cloth slightly saturated in a silicon based oil. Applying just a drop of the same oil into the hinges can prevent the hinges from getting stuck.

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