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Knife Maintenance For Collectors - Keep Them Forever

Jul 31, 2008
There is nothing more significant to keeping the worth and quality of your collectible knives as high and good as possible than a good amount of maintenance. I want to guide you on a few pointers that I hold near and dear to my heart when it comes to taking care of my knives and blades.

Never throw your knives, do any chopping with them, or hammer and pound with them. It is important to keep the edge straight. If you bend the edge, it can cause permanent damage and be almost impossible to sharpen it again without grinding the edge down.

It rarely ever happens, but it is possible to damage the locking device on any folding lock blade knife that you own. You should always give it a slight push to ensure that the lock is working properly before using it. Just make this into a habit when you use any lock blade knife.

A Few Knife Tips

* Make sure that your knives are kept dry including the handles and blades.
* Keep the moving parts and locking device dirt free on your knives.
* You should oil the pivot points and the blade of your knives very often.
* Always sharpen your knives. Contrary to popular belief, the sharper the knife the safer.
* Send your broken knives to the manufactured knife company for repairs. Self repair will most likely void the warranty.

Discoloration in your knives is a forerunner to rust. When you see it; whether the blade be turning black or blue or another color, clean it right away to prevent rust from progressing.

Rust in your knives can be critical to keeping them functional and safe. Rust is corrosive and causes small pits to develop in the metal. Use oil to remove light rust. Heavier rust might require some elbow grease and an abrasive substance.

The principal key to preservation is simple repetition. Keep your knives oiled on a regular foundation. Even if you store your knife, take it out often and then and lubricate it with a light coat of oil to prevent it from rusting. Once the rust sets in, it is a pain to eliminate.

Many people allow the blade to dull on their knives and do not sharpen them again or they simply do not keep them sharp. Know that a dull blade is more hazardous than a sharp one. Many people refute this fact without understanding it. A dull knife will cut much nastier and cause much more damage than a sharp one. A dull blade will cut you just like a sharp blade will.

With all of these things in mind, you can make your knives last generations to be passed down. Take care of your knives, you will be proud you did.
About the Author
William "Cole" Doggett is the owner of Buck Knives . He is also Buck Knife expert and collector. Stop by and gain a head full of Buck Knives information.
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