Q: HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY KNIFE OR AXE?
Keeping your knife or axe clean, dry, oiled and sharp are the primary defences against corrosion, wear, and potential injury. Practicing proper care for your knife or axe will extend the life of your Knife as well as increase its durability and reliability. Keep your tool clean and be sure to clean the blade and handle after each use. It is however, important that you do not soak your knife or sheath in water. A mild solution of soap and water should remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated during use (avoid harsh detergents such as laundry or dish soap, and chlorine products).
Keep your knife dry. After cleaning or after exposure to moisture be sure to completely dry your knife blade and handle, taking special care with any sensitive handle materials. Use a soft cotton cloth or chamois and a small amount of moisture-displacing oil on the blade only, to prevent water spots and oxidation from forming.
Keep your knife oiled. Fingerprints and weather are the primary causes of rusting or corrosion on a knife blade. To keep your knife looking its best we recommend that you give your blade a light coat of oil after each cleaning, and prior to long term storage (you may need to re-apply oil more frequently if you live in humid or marine environments). If you knife is kept in storage it is recommended to use a desiccant to remove moisture in the air. Please note that even 'stainless steel' will rust without proper maintenance.
Keep your knife sharp. A sharp knife is safer and easier to use than a dull one. If you are new to sharpening blades we recommend that you invest in a fixed-angle sharpening kit, so that you ensure a consistent grind from tip to base - we also recommend that you practice your sharpening skills on your kitchen cutlery first, before working on your knife or axe. (Please note that any damage to your blade caused by home-sharpening will not be covered under your warranty.)
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