Clean after use
Never put away your knife, unless it is clean and dry. Your knife is a workhorse, so it’s bound to get wet and dirty. Best practice dictates that your knife is clean and dry before you sheath it or store it away.
Even our hands release oils and will make your knife dirty. Especially if the hands are sweaty. Since sweat contains minerals such as ammonia and salt, it can penetrate the metal easily, causing metal corrosion.
Once you cleaned your knife properly, it’s time to safely place it. If you plan to use your knife in the near future.
Leather sheath makes a good outdoor storage for your knife, but avoid leaving the knife in it for a longer period of time. If you plan to store your knife for a longer period of time, then use plain paper. Wrap your cleaned and dry knife in it and put it in a plastic bag. It is highly recommended to use desiccant as well.
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Sharpen your knife
Regular honing of the blade helps to ensure it remains sharp and crisp, ready for the next task. Using a whetstone to sharpen your hunting knife is an even more serious and professional way to make sure your knife is extra sharp.
Think of honing as changing the oil in your car, and sharpening as a complete tune-up of the motor. It is recommended to hone your hunting knife after every use.