Being able to maintain and care for a Case Knife is an important attribute every knife owner should know. Proper knife care is critical to keeping the knife in quality condition and to keep it from becoming rusted, corroded, or dull. It may sound intuitive, but too often people store their Case Knife improperly or over time simply forget to take the time to properly care for it. As a proper reminder, follow this article for helpful tips on how to care for your Case Knife.
The first rule to caring for your new Case Knife is to always work patiently and slowly. Cleaning too fast can risk damaging the blade which will also reduce its value. Using this guiding principle, good knife care starts with oil. It’s a common mistake for many knife owners to believe that the stainless steel their blade is made out of is invincible. This could not be further from the truth as even stainless steel can rust. While I admire the confidence you have in your blade, don’t neglect it out of pride. Every couple of months, take your knife out of its display or case and give it a few drops of oil to the joints and use a soft rag to wipe down the blade and handle. Don’t hesitate to use toothpicks or toothbrushes to clean out any crevices or other small areas where gunk can accumulate from use. Should your knife get wet with unknown liquids or saltwater, always wash it off with tap water, dry it thoroughly, and reapply oil. For deeper cleanings or areas that have rusted, when applying an oil application, let it sit for a couple of days before scraping the rust away and restoring your knife to good shape. The second most important tip for taking care of your Case Knife is proper storage. Avoid storing your knife in leather sheaths as leather will collect moisture and damage the blade. It’s ok to use a leather sheath to carry the knife in the short term, but for the long term try storing the knife in a proper display case. Pocket storage is fine if you’re actively using the knife as long as your pocket is dry. Alternatively, for collectible Case Knives try using a knife roll that’s made out of vinyl and easy to travel with. Lastly, always keep your knife sharp. Sharpen your knife as often as needed. Dull blades are not fun and can be more harmful than sharp ones. While sharpening using a stone, always position the knife at an angle and move the blade in stroking motion. Take your time, start from the heel of the blade and work your way to the tip repeatedly. Once sharp on one end, turn the blade over and do it all over again. Patience is the key to creating a sharp blade and being safe while doing it.
Taking care of your new Case Knife is not rocket science, but it will require being proactive, a little bit of patience, and attention to detail. Over time with the help of these tips, you’ll begin to discover your own little tricks that work for you and your knife.