We're no experts, but we've done some cool stuff and learned some lessons along the way. So here goes, a guide on knives and sharp objects:
"If someone gives you a knife, you should give them
a coin in return... or it cuts the friendship. Thank you, Bob."
Cool, a friend gave you a knife, first step done. Acquiring a blade. Give that fine person a coin, otherwise say "bye Felicia" to your friendship. (Didn't work out super well for Bob in "The Edge," but you get the point).
Now you move on to taking care of that knife. But, for those of us buying our own sharp objects, where to begin?
You will need to figure out what kind of knife you need. What are you using it for? Hunting? Utility? Scuba diving? This will get you started on all the different types of knives there are and what their uses are.
My personal favorite is the Leatherman. Mainly because it's perfect for so many tasks and is always right there when I need it.
This is the Leatherman Wave, you can get it here. I have loved this tool and it has come in very handy so many times. Need a screwdriver? Boom, done. Need a saw? Sure, here you go. How about pliers? Duh. I've had this for several years now, and if it ever wears out, I'll probably replace it with the same thing.
For those more often out in the wild, hunting, hiking, doing things I wish I was doing more of, this guy seems to be the perfect choice:
"Not always the lightest, not always the sharpest, not always perfect for every need, but the Buck goes with on every foray into the wild because it always gets the job done. It has become a part of every story."
My brother gave me one of these, and yes, it is everything you think it is.
Very hard to go wrong with Buck Knives. They've been building knives for over 100 years, and it shows. They know what they're doing, have a huge selection, and they stand behind their product with a "Forever Warranty."
The thing I love about knives, (other than feeling like Charles Remington when I carry one), is that there's usually a story that goes with it. Like this monster:
I received this as a gift from my wife. Yes, I win at life, and you lose.
She was just entering graduate school and was heading home from Hyden, Kentucky (middle of nowhere) when she picked it up for me at a local knife shop. The handle is made from a buck's antler. My wife gets me.
Or how about this guy:
This one is from a fellow Bruce and is originally from Belize. The Belize Bruce blade, we'll go with that.
Ok, so you have your knife, now what?
You need to take care of it, and that's not easy. How you care for your knife depends on what kind of knife it is, certainly, but here are some general good practices:
1. Clean the knife regularly. The more gunk and business you've got going on on your knife, the more worn down it will become and quicker.
2. Re-oil your knife. You can pick up some knife oil that's safe for use with food as well for about $10.
3. Don't use hard chemicals. Washing machine powders or chemicals like bleach should be avoided on your knife, as they can corrode the metal.
4. Sharpen. Learn how to sharpen your blade, so it doesn't wear out and become useless to you. Here's a good video:
Buck knives has their own guide for keeping up on your knife maintenance, worth a look.
Knives are one of the most elemental tools, just about everyone can use one, and it just doesn't go out of style.
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