Your survival knife is one of the most important items in your pack. In fact, if it wasn’t for that knife, you could literally be in great physical danger. Imagine, for example, being alone in the wild and your knife is out of reach or dirty. The consequences could be devastating. You might meet a wild animal that causes you serious problems. Or you may not be able to prepare your food, and therefore run the risk of starving. While these things may seem a little extreme, they could quite easily happen to you. So keeping your knife clean and ready for use is absolutely essential.
Following just a few simple instructions and steps will enable you to keep the knife in good working order, so the ideas in this article will help. Remember that this is possibly the most important part of your kit and you should have the motivation to keep it clean and ready for action. It is not an exaggeration to say that if you keep good care of your knife it could end up keeping good care of you.
The first and perhaps most important aspect of your knife care is the cleaning of it. You must clean down your knife after every time you use it. Grab a clean cloth and make sure you wipe it down after every period of use. This gets rid of the small bits of dirt and grime that can accumulate over just a few minutes of use. Cleaning your knife in this way shouldn’t take more than a few seconds, and when it is done, you then have a knife that is more able to handle the jobs it was created for. A few wipes with a cloth and it is done.
If you are at home then you can get some soap and water and clean it off with a little more impact. Soap and water will definitely get rid of the dirt, and if you use hot water a lot of the bacteria will be removed too. If you use your knife for any part of your cooking process when in the wild, you will feel better knowing that the bacteria has been addressed. Clean the handle as well as the blade. On the other side of the coin, cleaning the knife in this way ensures that you reduce the risk of bringing harmful bacteria into the home. If you are using your knife outside there are all sorts of harmful bacteria you can bring in.
The last stage involves oil. Use some oil on the blade every now and then to keep the blade from rusting. Blades are notorious for rust, especially on outdoor knives, so having them oiled is vital. Rusty blades are bad news.
Keeping your knife clean and rust-free goes a long way to helping you maintain it for years. Since the knife can literally change your life, it is worthwhile making the investment in time and effort.