5 EASY Ways To Maintain Your Fixed Blade Knife｜THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #20
Your fixed blade knife is not just a tool; it's an investment. Whether you use it for outdoor adventures, survival situations, or everyday tasks, proper maintenance is essential to ensure its longevity and optimal performance. In this blog post, we will explore five easy ways to maintain your fixed blade knife, so you can keep it in top shape for years to come. Let's dive in!
1. Cleaning and Drying
Cleaning your fixed blade knife regularly is crucial for preventing rust and corrosion. After each use, make it a habit to clean the blade with mild soap and water, using a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid harsh chemicals that could damage the blade or handle materials. Gently dry the knife with a clean cloth to remove any moisture and prevent water spots. Remember to pay attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as the handle scales and pivot points.
Proper lubrication is key to maintain the smooth operation of your fixed blade knife. After cleaning and drying, apply a small amount of lubricant, such as mineral oil or silicone-based lubricant, to the pivot points and blade. This helps prevent friction and ensures smooth opening and closing of the blade. Be sure to wipe off any excess lubricant to avoid attracting dirt or debris.
A sharp blade is not only more efficient but also safer to use. Regularly sharpen your fixed blade knife to maintain its cutting performance. Depending on the blade material and your usage, you may choose between sharpening stones, ceramic rods, or diamond sharpeners. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and maintain a consistent angle while sharpening. It's advisable to start with a coarser grit and gradually move to finer grits for a polished edge. Remember to hone the blade after sharpening to remove any burrs.
Proper storage plays a crucial role in maintaining the condition of your fixed blade knife. Avoid storing it in a damp or humid environment, as this can lead to rust and corrosion. Ideally, keep your knife in a clean and dry place, away from extreme temperatures and direct sunlight. Consider using a dedicated knife sheath or blade cover to protect the blade from accidental damage and to prevent it from coming into contact with other objects that could cause nicks or scratches.
5. Handle Maintenance
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While we often focus on blade care, it's essential not to neglect the handle of your fixed blade knife. Depending on the handle material, different maintenance techniques may apply. For example, if your knife has a wooden handle, periodically treat it with oil or wax to preserve its beauty and prevent drying or cracking. G-10 or other synthetic handles can be cleaned with mild soap and water, followed by a thorough drying. Check for any loose screws or hardware on the handle and tighten them if necessary.
Maintaining your fixed blade knife doesn't have to be a daunting task. By incorporating these five easy maintenance practices into your routine, you can ensure that your knife remains in excellent condition and performs at its best. Remember to clean and dry your knife, lubricate the pivot points, sharpen the blade regularly, store it properly, and take care of the handle. By following these simple steps, you'll not only prolong the life of your knife but also enjoy the reliability and performance it offers in any situation.
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About The Author:
Jack Billings is the 19 year old CEO and Founder of Shed Knives, a rising manufacturer of high-quality fixed blade bushcraft knives. With over 5 years of experience as a knife maker, he has developed a reputation for crafting durable, reliable knives that are designed for outdoor enthusiasts and bushcrafters alike. Jack started making knives at the age of 13 and has been refining his craft ever since.
In addition to his expertise in knife making, Jack has a High School Degree from POLYTECH High School, where he studied Automotive Technology and obtained his ASE Certification. He is also a content creator for Shed Knives and has reached the eyes of over 600,000 people across the world through his work.
When he's not working on knives, Jack enjoys exploring the outdoors and has a passion for bushcraft. He also has a passion for the automotive world and enjoys learning about new technologies and advancements. Additionally, he has a great interest in language and is studying Spanish, German, and Arabic.
Jack's personal mission is to constantly improve himself, his products, and his processes in order to stay ahead of the rapidly changing interests of the knife industry and to surpass the competition. He takes great pride in American manufacturing and is committed to contributing to the growth of the world knife industry through his work.
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