By John A. Heatherly, Author of The Survival Template
photo by alexkerhead
The following is a list of small things that can make a big difference in the care and use of knives. Have you tried any of these?
1 – Use graphite/pencil lead to remove rust from hard to reach places on a knife. It works wonders by just “scribbling” away the rust.
2 – Use a lanyard to secure your knife to a belt or other piece of clothing. I have seen pocket knives dropped in deep snow that shoot straight to the bottom, as body heat on the knife makes it dive bomb in an unpredictable fashion!
3 – Sand or loamy soil can make a fantastic “scrubby-pad.” Take a small amount of earth and place it in the center of a piece of cloth (like a washrag or even a piece of parachute.) Wrap the sand or soil inside the material and start scrubbing. Many have used this type of round scrubby to clean metal that is caked with burned food or with char from the fire.
4 – Carry a pen-style knife sharpener in your pocket and hone your knives after each use. This saves time in the end as you can avoid a marathon knife-sharpening session at the close of the day.
5 – Many all-metal pocket knives can be boiled occasionally as a means to clean them. If you are uncomfortable boiling the entire knife, hold the blade in boiling water to clean it.
6 – In a dry, desert environment, sand can constantly build up in knives. Simply blowing the sand out of a folding knife after every use can make a big difference.
What other “knife tricks” are out there?
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