It is always important to be prepared. If you remember nothing else about being prepared for emergencies, always remember that you need to have a quality pocketknife. It might sound a bit odd but there is no substitute for a great knife. Many people are fond of guns and others like the convenience of a bow and arrow setup. However, neither of those options have the multipurpose abilities of a pocketknife.
Growing up my father always had a pocketknife. Typically, he would have more than one knife on him at all times. He would usually have a knife in his pocket, in his boot, and in his coat. He would always say that his training as a boy scout is the reason that he keeps a knife on him all the time and even though I was a girl, he awarded me with my first knife when I was only six years old!
So what are the advantages of having a good quality knife? Knives are great because they can be used for many purposes. A knife is always needed when trying to open a package, cutting a rope, or even removing items such as tree bark or limbs. A knife is not only a great multipurpose tool but it is also a great defense tool. Any good survivalist will have at least one knife in their bug out bag or their survival stash.
A knife can be used to cut saplings, prepare kindling for the fire, kill an animal for food, clean an animal, and more. In fact, there is no way that a survival kit can be complete without a good knife. However it is important that you remember to take care of your knife. There is a right and a wrong way to care for your survival knife. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when caring for your survival knife.
Keep It Sharp
it might sound odd but the reality is that a dull knife is much more dangerous than a sharp knife. The reason for this is that a dull knife will require more pressure to use. This can lead to accidental stabbings or cuts. Make sure that you keep your knife sharp. A sharp knife will not only work better but it will help your blade last longer as well. The key here is to use a proper tool to sharpen your knife. Sharpening your knife will also remove scratches and divots that might be in your knife blade.
Keep It Oiled
Most knives are based on a design that has at least on hinge point. The majority of knives have a handle that houses the blade inside. If the knife is used rarely it can lead to a stiff hinge. This can make the knife very difficult to open and it can lead to a serious issue. The best way to stop this from becoming an issue is to keep your hinge(s) oiled regularly.
Keep It Clean
even when cutting an item such as rope, a knife blade can become soiled with foreign objects. Regardless of the item that the knife cuts through, it is important that you keep your knife clean at all times. It is a good rule of thumb to use a rag to wipe off your blade after every use. This will remove items such as dirt and oil. This will help your knife blade to last longer.
Keep It Dry
Your knife is a metal object. Metal will rust when it is left in moist areas. For this reason you need to store your knives in an area that is dry. If your knife becomes wet, dry it off.
Caring for your survival knife is not hard. It simply requires that you use a little common sense and take a little time to keep things clean, dry, and useable. With a little TLC, your survival knife will be your best friend in an emergency situation.