Having a knife made to match all your expectations is not a new concept these days. Custom made knives are made according to suit each individuals taste. A knife can be forged for many purposes. It can be for self-defense or a simple tool that can come in use for multiple reasons throughout the day. Once you have the perfect knife, you will also need to take up the responsibility of maintaining it in a good condition. Otherwise, using a dull knife will equal having no knife at all. Here are a few ways you can take good care of your custom made knife-
· Sharpening your knife– The entire purpose of sharpening is to make the knife as good as new. It also gives a fresh look to the knife. Sharpening is done in two stages. The first stage consists of removing excess dirt or older metal. This exposes the healthier metal underneath it. It is done by using a sharpening stone or a knife sharpener to gain a sharp edge. The blade is rubbed against a hard or rough surface repeatedly. It has to be done on a regular basis or it may affect the overall condition of the knife. Sharpening is a simple process where you are consciously removing the part of the blade that we do not need anymore.
· Honing a knife– Often confused with sharpening, honing is a completely different process. Only sharpening your custom knife will not be enough. In many instances, people have noticed that their knife still felt dull after sharpening it. This is because, in the process, the sharp edge might go off to one side. Honing will make sure that the sharp side is properly aligned and in the correct position. Honing steel is used to achieve this. Firstly, hold the knife at an angle to the honing steel, which is to be held vertically. The knife is supposed to be rubbed against the steel rod. As you go down the rod, the knife should also glide from the grip till the edge. Once it has been done for one side, you can move to the other. After a while, you will notice that the full length of the blade is not only sharp but also aligned.
· Dry at all costs- your blade can be made of a number of different materials. It can be stainless steel, carbon steel or other metals which do not react well when they come in contact with water. Blades tend to age, corrode and become blunt when exposed to or kept in wet places.
· Keep it clean- All knives are susceptible to oxidization. The moisture in the environment can sometimes cause damage. To prevent this, it is advisable to clean up your knife regularly. Chemicals like acetone and paint thinners make for amazing cleaning agents
· Lubrication- lubricants prevent oxidization. In cases of foldable or multiple knives, lubricants ensure that all joints are able to move easily. This way, the knife will never get stuck within its handle. It also helps avoid corrosion.
· Storage- It also has to be kept in mind that a custom made knife has to be stored in a proper manner. It has to be kept in a cold, neat place and not dumped into a drawer. The place where you keep your knife will determine its life.
A pocket knife will need attention and care, unlike other weapons. The following tips will keep the knife clean and as good as new.