DIY Knife Care Kit: Everything You NEED For Your Blades | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #26
Welcome back to another exciting edition of The Shed Knives Blog! In this post, we'll be discussing an essential accessory for any knife enthusiast: a DIY Knife Care Kit. Taking care of your blades is crucial for maintaining their performance and longevity. By assembling a personalized kit, you can ensure that you have all the necessary tools and supplies at your fingertips. Let's explore the 14 essential items that should be included in your DIY Knife Care Kit.
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Your collection of knives is the heart of your knife kit. Include the ones you use regularly or wish to maintain in optimal condition.
2. Small Bag
Start by finding a compact, durable bag to hold all your tools and supplies. Look for one with multiple compartments for easy organization.
3. Tool Kit
A small tool kit with various screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, and other tools will come in handy for disassembling and adjusting your knives. Make sure they fit the screws/bolts on the knives you own because otherwise, you won't be able to use them for their intended purpose.
4. Soft Towel
Keep a soft, clean towel specifically for wiping down and drying your blades after cleaning or oiling.
Invest in high-quality knife oil or lubricant to prevent rust, protect against corrosion, and maintain smooth blade action. Choose one specifically formulated for knife care.
These versatile cotton swabs are perfect for applying oil to hard-to-reach areas and for detailed cleaning.
7. Multi-Use Sharpener
Include a reliable multi-use sharpener capable of handling different blade types, such as a diamond-coated sharpening stone or a sharpening rod.
Yes, oil is already on this list, but you can't go wrong with some Ballistol. It's a multipurpose lubricant, cleaner, and protectant that works wonders on knife blades. It helps dissolve grime, lubricates moving parts, and offers long-term rust protection. If you have a high carbon blade, get a can of this stuff.
An old toothbrush is excellent for scrubbing away dirt and debris from all of the spots on your knife. I like to use a toothbrush & soap to wash off any dirt that's built up on my knife/sheath. A firm bristle brush will be best.
10. Index Cards
Index cards are great for seeing how sharp your edge really is. Keeping a pad of sticky notes will work just fine as well.
Have a couple of pens on hand for jotting down notes, recording maintenance dates, or marking any specific details about your knives.
If you like stickers as much as I do, you know you simply can't have enough. Throw a few stickers in of your favorite brands - you might just have a friend who wants one!
13. Paint Brush
A soft-bristled paintbrush helps remove dust and debris (like sand) from your knives without scratching or damaging the surface. This is a great first step when it comes to removing dirt.
Accidents can and will happen, so it's always wise to have a few band-aids in your kit for those occasional cuts. Read more on preventing common knife injuries here
By creating your own DIY Knife Care Kit, you'll have all the essential tools and supplies to properly maintain your blades. From cleaning and lubricating to sharpening and adjusting, these 14 items will ensure that your knives stay in excellent condition. Remember, regular care and maintenance are vital for preserving the performance and longevity of your knives.
Thank you for reading The Shed Knives Blog! We hope this guide has inspired you to assemble your own DIY Knife Kit and take the necessary steps to keep your blades in top shape. Stay tuned for more informative articles and helpful tips for all your knife-related needs.
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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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