A survival knife is more than just an ordinary knife, as it is designed to do multiple tasks. It is important in survival situations to have a knife that is crafted from high quality materials so that you can cut and puncture what you need in emergency situations when power is not available or you are alone in the wilderness.
Here are some simple tips to keep your survival knife ready to go at all times. It does pay to have one for the home as well as a knife that you travel with just in case the worst should occur.
Sharpen that Knife
Every so often you’ll want to sharpen the blade so that it is ready to go. You can sharpen it after it has been used heavily or annually just to make sure that it is as sharp as it should be.
Oil the Knife Regularly
The best survival knives are crafted from high quality steel or other metals which are tough, but subject to rust. So, you should oil the knife annually, if it should get wet and after each time it is used heavily so that the metals will not oxidize. Simply wipe the blade clean and dry and then add a couple of drops of oil on all the metal parts. If you have a cloth that is oil-moistened, then rub it on the knife a few times a year if you live near the ocean where the salt in the air can help corrode the metal faster.
Do not Misuse the Knife
There is a real tendency to use survival knives in ways that it was not designed. Perhaps it’s because it can do so many things, some people think it can do anything. However, there are limitations to any knife so be sure not to use it in the following manner;
- Can opener
- Pry bar
Basically, if the knife is not designed to do it, then you shouldn’t use it in that manner if you want it to last. So, buy a can opener, screwdriver, pry bar, chisel and hammer and keep that in your tool kit.
Keep the Handle and Locking Notch Clean
While the handle is simply where you hold the knife, keeping it clean and properly protected will help the entire knife last longer. Plus, if the handle is made from wood you can add a couple of drops of furniture polish to help preserve it correctly.
You’ll want to check the locking notch ever so often to make sure that it is clean and working correctly. By keeping the mechanisms of folding knives clean, you improve their efficiency. However, always remember to not rely on a folding knife to be in a permanently locked position.
Finally, remember to store the knife in the open and not in a leather sheath as that will collect moisture over time and create pits in the blade. By keeping the knife exposed to the air, you prevent moisture from collecting or condensing on the surface. So, having a good, clean and ready to use survival knife will help you be better prepared in case it is needed when you are hunting, camping or for emergency situations.