Knife DOs & DON'Ts

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DOs

1. Keep your knife sharp. A sharp knife is actually less dangerous to use since you are more likely to struggle with a blunt and slip.

2. Keep the locking mechanisms clean to avoid hazards if it is a folding knife

3. Keep the pivot on a folder lightly oiled for smooth operation

4. Clean the blade after each use.

5. Maintain your knife in a good condition especially if the steel has a high carbon content to prevent rust. Diving knives will need extra attention since they are constantly exposed to salt water and sun.

6. Promptly clean your knife after hunting. Blood and other body fluids can be corrosive

7. Face the edge away from you when cutting

8. Store your knife in a cool, dry and dark place for long term storage. Attics and basements are not ideal

DON'Ts

1. Use your knife as a screw driver, pry bar or chisel. Not only will you damage your knife but the warranty will be voided as well.

2. Store utility knives in their sheaths for long term storage as some sheaths are made with materials which are PH acidic. They are fine for carrying the knife around to protect the knife and user.

3. Store knives in leather sheaths. Leather can trap moisture and makes it easier to rust.

4. Wash stainless steel knives in hot water. They should be washed in lukewarm water and allowed to air dry

5. Leave it in a place easily accessible to children or pets. Sounds obvious but we can be forgetful at times.

6. Sharpen your knife using a power driven grinding wheel. Doing so may make the edge on a knife too brittle
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