Knife care is as important as taking care of your guns.
by Wyatt Roush
Anytime you carry something in your pocket for any length of time it will fill with lint. Removal of the lint is easy, blow it out. If you don’t have ready access to an air compressor simply buy a can of compressed air at any electronics store.
To remove more stubborn gunk use Q-tips or pipe cleaners. Both work well. A small vinyl brush works well to remove debris from the bolsters to the blade end.
Oiling your knife is also very important. Use a high quality oil as you would on your gun. I personally use a synthetic gun oil on my knives. I use an gun oil applicator with a needle type tip to apply the oil precisely.
DO NOT use any penetrating type oils.
After cleaning and lubricating the area work the blade and lock several times to assure the oil is spread to all the moving parts. Wipe off any excess oil.
My routine is to clean and check my carry knife twice per week.
If you own a high quality folding knife it will not be necessary to sharpen it every week. If you already know how to sharpen a knife you are a huge step ahead. If not an experienced knife sharpener I would be glad to give any of our students a quick lessen before or after any class.
If you are having difficulty sharpening your knives try the Spyderco or Lansky sharpener systems. The Spyderco kit comes with an informative CD to walk you through he steps. The Lansky system includes a clamp with holes at different settings to change your blade angle.
The angle you place on your blade will determine how shape the blade will be and how long it will stay sharp. The finer the edge the more quickly it will dull.
With modern blades it is best to use a diamond stone, either the flat stone for those experienced sharpeners or the Lansky for beginners. It will save you a lot of stress to just buy a diamond surface to you begin to learn this process.
Remember, the easiest way to keep a knife sharp is to keep a knife sharp. Make the cleaning, lubrication and sharpening (as necessary) of your knives part of your carry maintenance schedule.
If any TDI students have any questions ease feel free to ask before or after any class or email me at: email@example.com.
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