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How To Care For A Bowie Knife

By Dave Dylan

Caring for your bowie knife is essential. Without the proper care and maintenance procedures, you’ll find that your knife does not stand the test of time. What’s involved with proper care? How do you ensure that your knife will remain by your side, a trusted friend in the face of any situation that might occur? Actually, proper bowie knife care is relatively simple and should require very little in the way of materials or additional costs.

First, you should make sure that your knife blade stays clean and dry as much as possible. This will be impossible to do all the time, as quite a few uses require that the blade gets wet or dirty. Whether you’re skinning a deer, cleaning a fish or just setting up camp, you will find that the blade encounters moisture and dirt on a regular basis. However, if you take the time to clean and dry the blade after every use, it will hold up for a far longer period. A simple wipe down with a clean dry cloth will suffice for this.

Proper sharpening is another concern. Without the right sharpening tools and procedures, the edge of your knife will give out eventually. This is true no matter what type of metal you choose for the blade of your bowie knife. Make sure that you know how to sharpen that blade, though, or you could find that you actually cause more harm than good in your efforts. Use a whetstone or a high quality all-in-one knife sharpener for the best benefits. Also, if you’re forced to use an emergency sharpener (such as a rock in the wilderness) always make sure that you sharpen the knife properly at your first opportunity.

If you’re tempted to put that knife in the dishwasher – don’t! The dishwasher should only be used for dishes and common utensils. Your knife should never enter that particular machine, as you’ll find that this can pit and corrode the blade and even lead to discoloration and deterioration of the handle. When you clean the blade, use warm water and gentle soap – never use harsh chemicals or abrasives, as these will damage the blade’s finish and lead to corrosion, discoloration and degradation of your bowie knife.

These are just a few areas of concern when it comes to caring for that bowie knife. You’ll find that your particular care regimen might include several other things, depending on the actual uses to which you put that knife. Take care of that blade and it will be with you for a long time.

Dave is the owner of an online bowie knives and glock grip extensions store.

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