7 Essential Hunting Knife Maintenance Tips

One of the most important factors when buying a hunting knife is knowing how to properly take care of it. Not only does maintenance slow down wear ‘n’ tear from active use but also prolongs your knife’s life span. You should be taking care of your hunting knife the same way you are taking care of the rest of your outback gear.

Steel blades, although durable can also become easily damaged when coming into contact with various different elements. Especially when using your hunter knife during the hot summer months, your sweaty hands can transfer minerals such as ammonia and salt, which can penetrate metal and potentially cause corrosion of the blade.

It is important to bear in mind the purpose of your knife; A great way to add durability and years to your knife is to specifically use it for its intended use. Hunting knives should not be used to skin wood or cut branches as they can impact and damage the steel.

Knife Purpose

It is important to bear in mind the purpose of your knife; A great way to add durability and years to your knife is to specifically use it for its intended use. Hunting knives should not be used to skin wood or cut branches as they can impact and damage the steel. Similarly do not use your switchblade to get slitting firewood.

Clean Me

Here’s the number one reason for dull knives - dirty knives. Make sure to wash your knife after each use. Run your hunting knife under warm water and dabble with soap to wash away any remaining particles of dirt. It is important to put the knife under running water and not soak it in the sink. Once clean, wipe it down with a clean cloth to eliminate any chance of rust or corrosion. Be sure to clean not only the blade but the handle as well to preserve its life span.

Don’t Forget To Lubricate

Lubricate your blade buddy regularly. Just as with other items, lubricating your hunting knife will reduce friction and improve performance whilst reducing corrosion. A basic gun oil will do wonders for keeping your blade in the game for a very long time. Whatever you do, don’t use the same oil to lube the handle. Different handles require different treatments and it is always best to check with the manufacturer’s recommendation for the best way to grease the handle.

Call The Bladesmith

There may come a time where your knife will need professional care. This is a great time to call up your local bladesmith and have your knife serviced properly which may even require some restoration so that your knife will be restored to optimum functionality.

Storage

Store your knife away in a cool and dry place and away from any humidity. A great way to protect your knife is to keep it placed away in a sheath, especially outdoors, however, do not keep it sheathed for prolonged periods. A great tip is to wrap your hunting knife in acid-free paper and then tucked away in a plastic bag to stop mold and keep it dry.